The Daily Devocast brings you daily encouragement from God’s word. Today’s devotional message Persistence and Patience is based on Psalm 40:1-2.

1 I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry.
2 He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps.

(New King James Version, Psalm 40:1-2)

Some roads to healing and wholeness are rather long journeys. Even though we live in a quick fix, microwave fast sort of world, we don’t always see the results we desire immediately. When results are slow in coming, we need to be both patient and persistent in our pursuit of bringing our concerns before the Lord. We know that He hears us and that His heart is to bring us up out of the dark pit we’re currently enduring, but the question remains, why is there a delay.

Perhaps, like Job the angel assigned to respond to you is being delayed or maybe there’s a divine timing and alignment of circumstances that needs to happen first. It’s OK to bring this concern over delay to the Lord and ask Him to show you why there is a delay.

Prayer: Father, thank you for always hearing our prayers. For the things that are weighing most heavily on us, it can seem like you are slow to respond. When we encounter those times, help us to not lose hope or faith, but to draw closer to you and I ask that you’d encourage us to boldly come before you and inquire about what it is that’s causing the delay. Amen.

Action Step: Is there a specific need in your life where it feels like you just aren’t getting an answer to your prayers. Spend some time alone with God today and ask Him to show you the specific circumstances or reasons that are behind this delay. Be sure to write down what He shows you in your journal.

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