In Pastor Andy's sermon on Sunday, he gave the picture of kids excitedly running to their parents after being away. It stuck with me.
I began to think about a time I had gone on a missions trip to Mexico. Our girls were only 1 and 2. They were too young to fully understand what was happening. They just knew that their daddy was gone. When I returned home, the girls were as happy and joyful as I had ever seen them. My oldest ran in circles for about 5 minutes. She was estatic.
Childlike joy. Childlike happiness. Childlike anticipation. Kind of like Christmas Eve. The anticipation of what Christmas day will hold is almost too much.
Do we forget that? In our adult, mature selves, do we forget to have that Joy? The anticipation of who God is and what He can do?
Anticipate means to regard as probable; expect or predict.
Just like your children know you will return home after a day of work, and anticipate your arrival, do you anticipate God answering your prayers, and moving on your behalf? Do you react with joy like my daughter did when that anticipation is met with results?
Expect and anticipate that God will answer your prayers!!
Psalm 5:1-3–O Lord, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning.
Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I pray to no one but You.
Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord.
Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.
“One characteristic that marks the average church today is lack of anticipation. Christians, when they meet, do not expect anything unusual to happen; consequently only the usual happens, and that usual is as predictable as the setting of the sun…
We need today a fresh spirit of anticipation that springs out of the promises of God. We must declare war on the mood of nonexpectation, and come together with childlike faith. Only then can we know again the beauty and wonder of the Lord’s presence among us.” A.W. Tozer
What are you anticipating God to do in your life? In your family? Expect that God will answer your prayers!
James 5:17-18–Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years! Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops.
Let us joyfully anticipate that God WILL show up! That God WILL answer our prayers!!