Step 6 – Stand believing
And all Judah stood before the Lord, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.
II Chronicles 20:13 (KJV)
Many of my own prayers have been mixes and matches of the previous 5 steps. ESPECIALLY Step 4. 🙂 And God has answered many of them. But I see another step that has been missing. And that is to stand before Him until the answer comes (II Chronicles 20:13). The Bible talks about having done all, to stand. (Ephesians 6:13). Remember, to this point, we have:
- Set ourselves;
- Reminded God of His goodness and the great things He has done in the past, especially for us;
- Found a legal (Scriptural) basis for our petition and rested our case upon it;
- Honestly stated the problem, including examining ourselves; and
- Confessed our shortcomings and weaknesses, professing ourselves to be dependent on Him.
Having done all this, the hour comes when we must stand. Amen.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that you don’t physically move, although such situations may arise. It means remain in an attitude of waiting for an answer until one comes. After presenting your case,behave as if you have been heard. Remain expecting His answer! Too many of my prayers have ended when I got up off my knees, or after the amen, when they shouldn’t have. No doubt many an answer would by now have been received if we had got to the point where “all Judah stood before the Lord, with their little ones, their wives and their children.” The Bible says all Judah. Not just some of Judah. It’s got to be all. It’s got to be all of me, it’s got to be all of you. When all of us and everything we are is to be found in an attitude of expectant standing, wholly given over to waiting in faith for the answer to the dilemma, we shall receive what we ask for. It might, as in Daniel’s case, take 21 days. For Judah, I don’t think it was that long until the Spirit of God fell upon Jahaziel and he prophesied. But God help me henceforth to stay right there expecting, listening for Him to answer until He does.
In another place the Scripture commands us, when we pray, to believe that we receive what we have asked for (Mark 11:24). This is the same attitude. Our prayers may come to an end, but like Judah, we dare not cease to believe when we cease to pray. Believing can not, must not end with the prayer. Believing must go on past the “Amen” up to and even beyond the point where the object of the prayer is made reality. Like how Abraham believed for Isaac. Even after Isaac was born (reality), when God asked him to sacrifice Isaac, that old patriarch climbed Mount Moriah believing that God would raise Isaac from the dead, because he still believed Isaac to be the son that God had promised (Hebrews 11:17-19). How’s that for standing! Oh, may God give us the faith to make His Word live. When the Son of Man comes will He find faith on the earth?
Let us “walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham” (Romans 4:12); having done all, let us stand.