Our God never does anything slow for we cannot place a time limit on the Father. Instead, the Father is very patient and will do things when He is ready. We see this numerous times in Scripture where God either acted quickly (usually to prove a point) or patiently waited till the right moment when absolutely needed (also to prove a point). Patience and slowness may seem the same to us but they are truly different. The second letter of Peter tells us:
Moreover, dear friends, do not ignore this: with the Lord, one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some people think of slowness; on the contrary, he is patient with you; for it is not his purpose that anyone should be destroyed, but that everyone should turn from his sins. However, the Day of the Lord will come “like a thief.” On that Day the heavens will disappear with a roar, the elements will melt and disintegrate, and the earth and everything in it will be burned up. – 2 Peter 3:8-10
Time is Irrelevant
Literally speaking, time is a man-made measurement with which some people use to test God. Human understanding makes it known that 24 hours makes one day, 60 minutes make an hour, and 60 seconds make a minute. Some civilizations counted the year according to the season, some by the lunar cycle, others by the stars and rotation around the sun. All these ways mean nothing to the Lord except the separation of day (light) from night (darkness).
The Book of Genesis tells us that God gave us a way to measure a day through the rotation between daytime and night time. Everything we needed to know about the passing of days was and is written in the sky. On the earth, the cycle of the year is written in the seasons. The two seasons of greatest concern were planting and harvest. In the heavens, time does not exist so things happen as God desires and plans them to.
Why Does God Take So Long To Answer Prayers?
Really the question should be if/when does God answer prayers. The answer is yes He does, but not when we desire it. Sometimes we do not even see the direct results of the answered prayer until the situation is resolved in the way God intends it to be. We can ask and ask all day for a month and our persistence may pay off in good ways or even bad ways. It all depends on the intention of the heart and how it expresses the needs and desires of the person or group.
Do Not Challenge God’s Timing
God is never, ever slow in His actions. He patiently waits until the person or persons is truly ready to receive the answer in the way God intends it to be shown. This means we should never test God with a request for an immediate answer, you might regret it.
God is Slow to Anger
So if there is anything that God is slow about, it is His aggressive jealousy and anger. That is His patience with us. What we see as slow, He is actually waiting on us. Think of what we found in the Book of Job and how long it took between Job starting to question God and His patient yet stern answer. Or better yet, how long did God wait to see if Sodom and Gomorrah would change before He had enough. God’s patience with us was tested before He flooded the earth. He gave Noah a long time to build the ark and (not putting words into God’s mouth) was probably hoping mankind would change so He did not have to destroy and rebuild.
What is the Answer?
As God is patient with us, we should slowly wait and be patient with Him. Still be fervent and persistent in prayer but be sure to ask something that you will not regret. If anyone should be slow it should be us. Our hearts are slow to see the patience of God. We are His creation and abide by His rules, His Plan, His Will, His focus, His Grace, Mercy, and Love.