Writing Prompts: Waiting

Part 1: Don’t Make Me Wait!

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Most of us don’t like to wait, especially when we need an answer right now. Yet waiting on God teaches us to lean into Him and trust His timing. When we wait with a focus on God, He offers a wonderful promise: “Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength” (Isaiah 40:31, NKJV).

Writing Prompt

What are you waiting on right now?

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Part 2: Is Waiting a Waste?

Waiting can be frustrating, exciting, and scary – all at once. You don’t know what to expect. Yet God is always getting ready to do something. When you wait on the Lord, you gain patience and strength (Isaiah 40:21).

Writing Prompt

Think of a time you waited to hear from God before making a move. What did this time of waiting teach you?

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Part 3: Do You Wait … Or Run Ahead?

“Make me know Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me. For You are the God of my salvation; for You I wait all the day.” (Psalm 25:4)

David longed to know God’s ways and be led by the Lord. Yet he had to learn to wait to hear from Him to know his next steps.  We may want God’s guidance just as passionately as David did. Like David, we need to learn to wait to hear from God before we run ahead of Him.

Writing Prompt

Make two lists: ways you run ahead of God and what you learn about waiting on Him.

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Part 4: How Waiting Can Energize You

Waiting is a fact of life. You wait in line at the store. You wait for the birth of your baby. You wait for an answer to test results. Waiting can sap your energy and your confidence.

But Isaiah 40:31 says, “Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint (NKJV). In what ways would you be empowered if you knew and believed God had your back while you wait and would come through with an answer?

Writing Prompt

Waiting on God can teach me to _______.