By Marilynn Chadwick
I’m always on the lookout for practical tips when it comes to prayer. That’s probably why one friend calls me her “prayer coach.” Over the years, I’ve discovered six practical steps to a more powerful prayer life, which I share in my book Sometimes He Whispers, Sometimes He Roars: Learning to Hear the Voice of God.
But my greatest lesson didn’t come through discipline or fervor or a clever plan. Instead, my greatest lesson in powerful prayer came through weakness.
As I’ve often shared, my husband, David, and I battled through years of infertility before we finally had our three children. Waiting for the deepest longing of your heart is not what I’d call fun. Many of you know what I’m talking about. You have prayed and prayed about something. You’ve heard God whisper to you to keep believing. And yet the answer still hasn’t come.
But a time of waiting can be incredibly fruitful – a season when our faith muscles have a chance to grow. That’s why I refer to this time in my life as “wait training.” The Bible gives plenty of encouragement about how to wait well.
During our years of infertility, I strengthened myself on the promises of God’s Word. I held tightly to verses about healing – too many to count – day after day, month after month, year after year. I learned to hear God’s whispers of encouragement and trust his character, even when my circumstances seemed hopeless. In short, I learned the secret of what the apostle John calls “abiding in Christ.”
If you’re in the waiting room right now, be encouraged by the words of the 19th century preacher Charles Spurgeon:
The longer the blessing is in coming, the richer it will be when it arrives. That which is gained speedily by a single prayer is sometimes only a second-rate blessing; but that which is gained after many a desperate tug and many an awful struggle is a full-weighted and precious blessing.
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