We have become so accustomed over the last generation to hearing messages on waiting on God, waiting for God, being patient when it seems He does not answer. The Psalmist David does not seem to not have listened to those messages. He prays with an urgency that we are in danger of losing.
Hear me when I cry!…Psalm 27:7
Answer me quickly, O Lord! …Psalm 143:7
It is good to be patient but there are times when our lack of urgency in prayer leads us somewhere between hopelessness and complacency. If blind Bartemaeus waited by the road while Jesus passed and had listened to those who told him to be quiet we might have never learned his name. But when the crowd said, “Don’t bother Jesus” he cried out even more and Jesus called him to come!
There is to be a passion and an urgency in our prayers. Where are the prayers of longing and yes even desperation that we once prayed when we first came to the feet of the our Lord? There is nothing lacking in our faith if we urgently cling to the hem of his garment, wake him in the storm or say, “Lord if you had been here my brother would not have died!”.
What battles we weep through and pray through will bring us closer to the heart of Jesus who sweat blood in the garden as he prayed through to do the Father’s will. Can we tarry with Him for an hour in urgent prayer?