It’s so hard to wait. “How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?” wrote King David thousands of years ago (Psalm 13:1). Even as a man after God’s own heart, he, too, clearly felt the sting of unanswered prayers at times throughout his life.
But in those seasons of longing and long-suffering, we, like David, can and ought to continue to take our hopes and tears to God in prayer. Our heavenly Father is always ready and willing to listen to the petitions of His children and to care for those His Son sacrificed His life to save.
Constant prayer can help preserve our faith even in the toughest of circumstances. Although we never know when or how God will act, our dedication to prayer proclaims our faith in the only One who can meet our needs and reveals our belief that “the e ective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” ( James 5:16, NKJV).
God’s Word is clear: persistence pays off when it comes to prayer. That’s why we’ve compiled this booklet full of Dr. Stanley’s teachings on the subject. We pray it will help you in this season of life as you wait on God to answer your prayers and lead you in His way, in His time.