Prayerful Expectancy: A Heart Like Simeon.

In Jerusalem at the time, there was a man, Simeon by name…who lived in prayerful expectancy of help for Israel. Luke 2:25 (The Message)

Sometimes I feel like I’ve approached the omnipotent God with my prayers like a sorry little vacuum cleaner sales rep.

I stand at the door and knock, certain no one will answer.

And when surprise someone does, I raise a limp hand, convinced there’ll be no sale, saying, “You wouldn’t want to buy a vacuum would you?”

A stellar sales person I am not, but I do know this:

Always. Assume. The. Sale.

This mindset in no way guarantees desired outcomes, but conveying any less enthusiasm almost always guarantees net loss.

Same could be said of prayer.

In the time after Jesus was born, we meet a righteous and devout man named Simeon who’d been told by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. (vs 26)

True to His promise, God enabled Simeon to encounter Jesus in the temple courts. Overjoyed, Simeon took the very young child in his arms saying, “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised…my eyes have seen your salvation.” (vs 29-30)

Simeon was waiting.

The father of the iconic prodigal son was waiting. (Luke 15)

The farmer was waiting for land to yield and autumn and spring rains. (James 5:7)

I’m waiting. (Here, Lord. My list?)

But Simeon waited with assured, prayerful expectancy.

How do I wait? Do I tack on a measure of doubt to God’s promise, a means to prepare my heart for disappointment? Because He won’t really come through, will He? After all, He is under no obligation to grant my wishes.

Do I roll over too easily, offering a prayer bereft of belief and power… “Whatever, Lord. Your will be done.”

Or do I assume the answer and wait in prayerful expectancy with the heart of Simeon?

Something like…

I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Psalm 27:13 (NIV)


Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7 (NIV)

While we rightly yield to God’s will, (human will over His has yet to be the better option) let’s knock on the door with confident assurance, trusting His goodness and timing and methods.

Seems our country, the land of the free and the home of the divided, could use a good bathing in expectant prayers.


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