Cultivate a Prayerfully Expectant Heart

Do you expect God to answer prayer? Or do you, like me, struggle to maintain a prayerfully expectant heart?

For years, maybe even decades, Simeon had been waiting for God to fulfill a promise. Was he weary of waiting? I don’t think so. Simeon was a man of faith, “righteous and devout…eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel [and] the Holy Spirit was upon him” (Luke 2:25, NLT).

The Hebrew word often translated waiting in Luke 2:25 means “expectant.” The Message words the verse this way: “Simeon…lived in the prayerful expectancy of help for Israel.” By the power of the Holy Spirit who rested on him, Simeon lived in confident hope because the Spirit had said Simeon “would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah” (v. 26, NIV).

So Simeon waited. He watched. He prayed.

Simeon’s Expectancy

One day, the Spirit told him to go to the temple. Maybe that was all the information Simeon received. Just go. And he went. What did he think when he saw the young couple among the temple crowd that day? Did the Spirit say, “That’s what you’ve been waiting for. Go to them”?

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