You have a desire. You’ve asked God for that desire in prayer and believe you have received it when you’ve prayed (Mark 11:24). You’ve already overcome doubt in your heart. You know for certain it’s going to come to pass, but you don’t know when. Now what do you do?

When we’re waiting, there are three productive things we can do.

  1. Praise God
    Since we know we have what we’ve asked for according to 1 John 5:15, we praise God. We praise Him for giving us a way to receive our desires. We praise Him for making those promises available to us through Jesus (2 Cor. 1:20). We praise Him for answering our prayers.
  2. Pray For Others
    We have family and friends and we know some of their desires. While we wait on our desires, we can sincerely pray for the manifestation of their desires. What good is it if we’re the only ones getting what’s promised to us? Pray for and celebrate others.
  3. Practice Contentment
    In Philippians 4:11, Paul learned to be content. Contentment is learned when impatience is overruled by appreciation. While we’re waiting on our desires, appreciate everything we currently have. You may want a new car, a new house, or a spouse, but for now, appreciate the transportation you have, your current residence, and the benefits of being single.

Don’t just sit there being anxious while waiting on your desires. Praise the Lord, pray for others, and practice contentment.

Romans 8:25 NLT But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.