“God, I wish you would hurry up and answer my prayer!”
Is that a legitimate or illegitimate prayer? Well it depends… Is it expressed in anger and frustration to God, or is the situation desperate enough – dire enough – that it simply becomes the authentic, sincere expression of a child of God in a critical situation?
Hey, King David, the writer of many of the Psalms in your Bible, prayed it! Here are his words…
“Make haste, O God, to deliver me! O Lord, make hast to help me! … May all who see you rejoice and be glad in you! May those who love your salvation say evermore, ‘God is great!’ But I am poor and needy! Hasten to me, O God! You are my Help and my Deliverer; O Lord, do not delay!” (From Psalm 70 ESV)
So, it’s ok to pray it … God’s great enough, good enough, understanding enough and loving enough to handle it! But when I pray it, I need to watch my attitude! God’s timing is perfect! His plan and purposes encompass both the beginning and ending of a situation or circumstance! His ways are above my ways! His timing is not my timing. He knows what He is doing! I trust Him! He invites my prayer! He’s moved by my situation (and yours) … we can “cast our care upon Him for He cares for us!” (1 Peter 5:7) So I can say, “God, I wish you would hurry up and answer my prayer!” and He understands!