James A. Washington

Senior Pastor Frederick Douglass Haynes III, of Friendship West Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, preaches, “There is no such thing as an emergency in eternity.” An understanding of patience and prayer will allow you to reconcile the difference between God’s time and yours. And make no mistake about it, they are very different.

You know we have a tendency to want what we want when we want it. That includes those things that we ask of God. At times we are in a rush to be delivered from, sent to, get paid for, get ours or get rid of that thing, that person, that condition or that situation we caused. As if God operates on our time schedule, we can actually get an attitude and question God’s judgment if He takes too long or doesn’t answer at all. We even begin to question prayer depending on how often we prayed for the same thing only to have God’s silence come through loud and clear.

I hate to have to be the one to break it down to you, but God is not on call. He does not answer e-mail and you can forget texting or Facebook Live.

Think about it. How many things can you look back over your own life and thank God that you didn’t get what you so desperately pleaded for? Was it a job? A spouse? Some man or women you couldn’t live without? Now, through hindsight, it turns out that the best thing that could have happened did happen.

How often can you say that had you gotten what you prayed for when you prayed for it, you would not have been ready and disaster surely would have been the result?

We’ve all been told at one time or another that God will not put anything on you that you can’t handle. I’m not so sure that’s true. There have been many days and many times that I’ve known for a fact that I just couldn’t make it another day, go another step or deal with my mess for another moment. At the point of giving up, I know that I have been sustained by the grace of God and the Holy Spirit. If you’re spiritually conscious and humble enough, you realize that the key to your survival, if not your salvation, is to let go and let God.

Jesus did the dirty work. Now all we have to do is to remember why.

“He said to them, “It is not for you to know the times or the dates the Father has sent by His own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you…” Acts1:7-8.

This power is evident when patience and prayer collide and reveal to you that there is a divine reason for what each and every one of us goes through in our lives.

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