Psalm 70:1 Hasten, O God, to save me; O LORD, come quickly to help me.
David expresses what I, and possibly others, feel when it comes to the answering of our prayers. People say God may not be early but He is never late in answering your prayers. Yet I have experienced many an occasion where the due date or payment deadline has come and gone without an answer. What happen to ‘come quickly’? What happened to that which I was so sure I had by faith?
One of my children and his spouse prayed for twins with their first pregnancy but only had one beautiful little girl. The next pregnancy they prayed for twins and had one beautiful little boy. With the third pregnancy they didn’t pray, as they only wanted three children. They asked me what I thought they were having and I answered twins. They said never, it wouldn’t be twins, we asked before, God didn’t answer and now we don’t want twins. My reply was that just because God didn’t answer their prayers when they expected Him to does not mean He isn’t going to answer their prayer. They had beautiful twin girls.
Often we feel pressure and are pushing for an answer to come right now in our situation. David obviously felt it as he repeated his request in the last verse of the psalm. He felt very strongly his need for vindication due to those who were attacking him and plotting his ruin. But God – God decides when and how He will answer. He never fails but often He is not on our time schedule at all.
Let us not be afraid to ask for He does answer our prayers. Let us not be ashamed to ask for Him to respond quickly. But let us also remain in hope and faith in His unfailing love when the answer seems to linger past our appointed time.
Prayer: “Father, I ask that you would come quickly to rescue me from my point of need. I trust you, I have faith in you, and I know you love me. Amen.”