From the time we pray to the time we receive our desire, we may experience delay. Unfortunately, for some of us, we’ll experience a significant delay in receiving God’s promises.

One of the reasons for significant delay is disobedience. If we’re assembling a blender and we choose to deviate from the instructions, if it’s incorrectly assembled, it will cause delay. When we’re not following the instructions of God, our disobedience causes us to experience a significant delay.

Significant delay can also occur because we ask with wrong motives (James 4:2-3). If we’re asking God for a desire, but He knows we’re too immature to receive that desire now, we’ll have to wait. Would we give our 7 year old a car even if they asked for one? Of course not. God loves us and He’s not in the habit of giving us things that we’re not ready to receive.

A final reason for significant delay is demonic influences (Ephesians 6:12). Demonic forces influence the minds of people to disobey God’s instructions. They know they hear God or “something inside” telling them to cut us a deal in spite of our credit or offer us the job in spite of our experience, but those demonic influences are telling them to do the opposite.

We may not be able to control delay because of God’s perfect timing, but the good news is we can control significant delay. We can make up our minds to obey God’s instructions, ask God to reveal improvement areas in our lives, and use our God-given authority to remove demonic influences from the minds of people (Luke 10:19). Regardless of our delay, our patience during that delay causes us to gain maturity (James 1:3-4).

Hebrews 10:36 You need to persevere, so that after you have done God’s will, you will receive what He has promised. 37 “For in just a little while, the Coming One will come and not delay.