What if God says no?

I stressed last week that God always answers our prayers. However, the answers may not come in our timing. He knows us better than we know ourselves. He has the very hairs of our heads numbered. His ways are not our ways. He sees the big picture –we don’t. Another factor related to our assurance of an answer is that it may not be to our liking. An answer comes, it’s just not the one we want.

I’m certainly grateful for the many times God has said yes to my prayers over the years. As I look back, I’m thankful He said no at times as well. What happens to children who always get what they want? They often grow up with a sense of entitlement- spoiled, rebellious, and unappreciative. Earthly parents may enable such character but God is going to do everything He can to keep it from developing. I’ve prayed that God would open the door to a new place of service. Inevitably, He’d keep me right where I was, bring me through the difficulty, and teach me a lesson in the process.

The night before His crucifixion, Jesus petitioned, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me” (Luke 22:42). By cup, He meant the anguish He would have to endure by taking on our sins and having that perfect union with His Father briefly, yet darkly interrupted.

What if God had been willing? As one of my seminary professors once said, “Sort of makes your hair stand on end.” We’d still be lost in sin and bound for Hell. Thankfully, Jesus said what we should always say, “Yet not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42). Hours later, watching His precious only Son executed on a cross, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Even more than teaching about prayer, the purpose of this blog is to increase your desire to know God and call upon Him. He’d like to bless you beyond your wildest dreams.

Unsearchable things await those willing to seek His face and then patiently wait.

 

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