Just the other day one of the pastors from my church posted this on facebook:
I somewhat agree. However this is how I see it, a closed door is God's way of saying no, but a brick wall, that isn't. In Psalm 27:14 the psalmist says, "Wait for the Lord; be strong and wait." and Psalm 114:5 says, "I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope."
Many of us Christians have come to believe that if we pray in faith and sit around waiting on God to move, eventually our prayers will be answered. While I do believe that sometimes God works like this I tend to think that God wants us to put our faith into action. Believe it or not, we have the power and the ability to break through to the blessings God has in store for us.
I also agree with the author Bob Goff, that God places desires deep in our hearts because He wants them for us. God builds our faith to enable us to help realize this desire. However, it's up to us to put that faith into action. Too many times we think we need to just "wait" on the Lord, but honestly if God gives us a desire, we are not supposed to sit around literally "waiting" doing nothing to accomplish this. We have to put faith into action! It may take a while to knock down that wall but if we do our part and allow God to do His then we can get through those brick walls eventually.
Since then God has placed a new desire in my heart. I've been praying about it and trusting God. For a few months, I've been hoping that this dream will come true but recently God has reminded me that if I am to realize this dream, I have to break through that ugly o' brick wall and actually take all the necessary steps to make that dream come true. So I've decided that instead of just sitting around waiting for some amazing miracle to occur, that I need to do the work it takes to make that dream a reality. If it's God's will, as long as I'm doing my part, He will do His.
Father, I confess that many times I've waited around on my tookus instead of doing my part. I pray that you would help me to always recognize when I'm faced with a brick wall and just how to break through it to receive the blessing you have intended for me. And Dear Lord, for my sisters in Christ who are starring at their own brick walls, I pray that you would put a sledgehammer in their hands today." AMEN!