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PRAYER FOR RESTING IN GOD'S FAITHFULNESS AND TIMING
But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you. 2 Pet. 3:8-9 (NIV)
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for being patient with our impatience. You've never been late for anything. "Swiss timing" is tardiness, compared to the precision of your faithfulness. You will send Jesus back at just the right time, to finish making all things new. That grand Day will happen, not a day early and not a day late.
And how we long for that Day. No more death, pain, or mourning; no more knowing in part or loving in part; no more goodbyes or good riddance's; no more disappointing others or being disappointed; no more betrayals or rejections; nor more broken hearts or broken anything; no more heartaches or even heartburn.
But Father, your faithfulness isn't just tied to the timing of the second coming, but to everything else you've promised as well. Indeed, there's no panic or second-guessing in heaven today. You're not distracted or perplexed about anything-that would be us, not you. Though it's hard to imagine why you haven't answered certain prayers we've offered, with a quick and big "Yes!" nevertheless, you do all things well. You gave Jesus for our sins; certainly we can trust you to give us everything else we really need.
So grant us grace in our waiting, strength in our weariness, and wisdom in our bewilderment. And in the meantime, help us to be more attentive to the needs of others. Fill our hearts with kindness and gentleness, as we bear one another's burdens. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus' compassionate and grace-full name.