Great Expectations

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.” “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her. (Luke 1:35-38)

I have always been amazed by Mary’s faith. If an angel told me that I was going to give birth to the Son of God, I’m certain that I would somehow convince myself that I had either misunderstood or was losing my mind. But not Mary. Mary believed exactly what the angel said. She expected that it would happen exactly how God’s messenger Gabriel said it would. During Mary‘s visit, Elizabeth recognized Mary‘s faith. “Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!” (Luke 1:45)

I have never had a problem believing that God CAN do the big things that I pray for but I do struggle with believing if he WILL. I struggle with EXPECTING him to do what he says he will do.

The Lord has recently convicted me of not expecting him to answer my prayers in amazing ways. I have a really hard time with that word ‘expect’. Should I really ‘expect’ things from God? I expect that my children will pick up their toys without being asked and they don’t; yet, the very next day I expect the same thing from them. I expect that my husband will keep all of the promises that he makes to me but that is not always the case. If a friend says, “Let’s go to lunch sometime,“ I expect that we will actually go to lunch sometime, but busyness often interferes with good intentions.

I consistently expect things from broken, sinful human beings, like myself, who let me down time and time again. But I have a hard time expecting God to do what he says he will do. The very same God who has kept every single promise that he has made to me and who has proven his faithfulness over and over again. Because of my experiences with people, I often convince myself that God will not be faithful to his promises either.

If God lays it on our heart to pray a big prayer, we should wait expectantly for him to answer that prayer.

“In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” (Psalm 5:3)

I’m not talking about “I want to win the lottery” kind of prayers; I’m talking about prayers that align with his word, align with his truth, and are for his kingdom and for his glory. If we are praying those kind of prayers, we absolutely should expect God to answer them in a big way!

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.” (I John 5:14-15)

What big prayer has the Lord been laying on your heart to pray?

Just as Mary waited in expectation for God’s promise of Jesus to come true, let’s wait in expectation for God to answer our earth shaking, stronghold breaking, heart changing prayers.

Dear Lord, forgive me for not believing in your promises.  Thank you that I can bring my requests before you and help me to remember to wait in expectation for you to answer those requests.   In Jesus name, amen.

In Joy,



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