The chapter is, and the book is as well, about how God moves in his time frame, not ours.
We often offer up microwave prayers and want it right then, whereas God answers prayers when the time is right and the work is done.
The work being our part in praying through something, not praying to something.
In the chapter Long and Boring he gives examples of people who had to pray through and work through situations over an extended period of time.
Batterson uses the words from the Sara Groves version of the Peter Gabriel song, “The Book of Love”.
“The book of love is long and boring…It’s full of charts and facts and figures…But I love it when you read it to me.”
God is in no hurry.
We often are.
Things you prayed as a child may still be years away from coming to pass.
But aren’t you in awe when God reads the book of love to you?
It is as though God is reading the book as a love letter and at the end signs, “Yours”.
“Love is patient…” 1 Corinthians 13:4
And so is God.