“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live (John 11:25).
Have you ever had to wait a long time for something to happen?
In John 11, Jesus delayed in responding to Mary and Martha when they sent word that Lazarus was sick. In fact, He stayed a few more days away and Lazarus died. The situation looked hopeless. Have you been waiting for God to answer some of your prayers, and the answer has not come? The situation may look hopeless from every human standpoint. But realize this: God uses delay to purify and prepare us for the harvest.
“God uses delay as one of His chief tools of refining human character. Those who are attuned to the heartbeat of the Holy Spirit in this hour also recognize that the Spirit is stirring an incredible urgency in the hearts of His people because the hour is so late. The harvest is ripe, and the need for laborers who will minister in the words and works of Jesus is of critical proportions. Jesus is returning very soon and so God is doing a quick work in His people today. He’s preparing us quickly. To do a quick work, God is turning up the heat and pressure everywhere. It’s happening the world over. Saints and leaders everywhere are testifying to shaking, fire, distress, persecutions, and afflictions. The hour is late, and God’s people must be prepared quickly. To do the quickest work, God uses the hottest flame. Nothing purifies us faster than when we have to wait on God.” Bob Sorge
“To do the quickest work, God waits. The greater the wait, the greater the work.”
In whatever you are waiting on God for, never give up for you shall see His resurrection power in your life, and every day of waiting shall be worth it. “The Lord responds, ‘Wait on me. Look only to Me. Don’t look to other human resources. Fix your eyes on Me, and wait for Me.” Don’t give up your hope. He wants you to believe that he can resurrect any dream, hope or impossibility. Look what He did with Lazarus. And it is all for His glory. So just as He said regarding Lazarus in John 11:44, God is saying to us: “Take off the grave clothes! Believe in me.” God will come through for you in His timing. You have every reason to hope because of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
“Then Jesus said, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” (John 11:40).
Have a blessed and hope-filled Easter as you celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. He is the resurrection and the life.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has give us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3).
“Faith that creates powerful praying is the faith that centers itself on a powerful person. Faith in Christ’s ability to do and to do greatly is the faith that prays greatly.” ‘Have faith in God, for assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, Be removed and be cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them’ (Mark 11:22-24).” E. M. Bounds
By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International
International House of Prayer (IHOP) KC Staff