I’ve been praying a LOT lately – maybe you have too. So many things happening in my life, my family, with Covid-19, in our nation, the world!
And I trust and thank God that He hears all of my prayers, and your prayers too. Whether we are singing out in praise, calling out thanksgiving, whispering out our needs, or crying out in brokenness, I know that God hears and answers every time.
I love it when I can see God’s hand at work in the relationship or situation I’m praying about. It’s so encouraging! It’s like watching an apple tree: you can see the leaves appear, then the buds come, the blossoms open and then fall off, and you can see the tiny fruit form. The apple grows and matures on the tree right before your eyes.
An apple farmer can see his harvest before he ever starts collecting it.
Some prayers are like that. You get to see how God is working and preparing the answer for you right before your eyes. You can see change in the person or the situation, or in yourself. It is so rewarding.
Other prayers are like potatoes. We keep praying and praying for a person, relationship, or situation but see no change, no growth, no hint of an answer on the way. The potato plant is like that: the leafy vine can be seen.
But the fruit or tuber, the part we eat, is formed underground. The vine remains unchanged above the ground as we water and fertilize. All the while the fruit, the tubers are developing and maturing under the ground where we can’t see.
It is only by faith that a potato farmer begins the harvest, trusting there is a crop there under the ground!
Potato prayers are harder because you feel like nothing is happening in the situation you’re praying about. When the truth is God is surely at work answering your prayer, just not in ways visible to the human eye.
Both kinds of prayers yield an amazing and fulfilling harvest. Both have the same promise of an answer from God. And both will build our faith. If you are praying an Apple Prayer, thank God that He is allowing you to see His hand at work in the person or situation. Be encouraged.
If you have been praying a Potato Prayer, thank God for being at work beneath the surface. And be encouraged!
Trust in God and in His timing and purpose. We are the workers but the harvest belongs to the Lord!
And especially for those Potato Prayers, Father, help us wait and not fall into discouragement, self-pity or giving up. Keep our faith strong and our trust in You solid; so that at the end of the waiting, we will sing of the wonders of the Lord! Amen
“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14