Sarah: Waiting for Answers
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you." Matthew 7:7
The years of waiting were over. God heard Sarah's prayer and answered. Now at ninety-years-old, Sarah had her long-promised baby. Why didn't God answer Sarah's prayer years earlier and give her a child while she was young? Or even a whole houseful of children? The Bible doesn't give a reason, but God is in control of all things. He could have filled Abraham and Sarah's house with a dozen children right away. For some reason, God chose to make Sarah wait for the desire of her heart.
God hears prayer. He answers prayer. Sometimes he doesn't give us the answer we want or give it to us on our own time schedule. You might wonder, "Why pray if God is going to do what he wants anyway?" That's a hard question and one that theologians have debated for years. What we do know is that God wants to have a relationship with us, and communicating with him is part of that relationship.
God sees the whole picture of our lives, while we see only a section at a time. God knew how Abraham's and Sarah's lives would play out, and he decided how many children they would have and when. Perhaps he knew that if they had young children, they wouldn't have been as ready to obey and move. Or maybe God knew that by making Sarah wait so long, Isaac would be an extra-special child.
We don't always know the "why's" of God's answers.
Are there things you have ask God for and not received? Keep praying. God may have you waiting for a very special reason.
Thinking it Through
Set aside time to pray every day. Here is a good way to remember. Clean out an empty soup can and cut a piece of wrapping paper or colored paper to fit all the way around the can. Glue or tape the paper in place and decorate the can any way you like. Then write your prayer requests on slips of colored paper. Put them in the can, Every time you walk by the can, take out a slip of paper and pray for the request written on it. Once you've prayed for all the requests, put the paper back in the can and start over.
You can read more about Sarah and the other women of the Bible in The One Year Devotions for Girls: Starring Women of the Bible. Check your local Christian bookstore, and if they don't have it, order it HERE