Have you ever wanted something so bad that you would do anything for it? You prayed and you ran scenarios through your head as to how you would handle this thing you wanted really bad?
This happened to me a couple weeks ago at a county fair where I went to see one of my favorite animals – horses! There was a raffle ticket for a horse – a Clydesdale mare, of all horses – but I was determined to win her as I purchased several tickets. After all, for as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted a horse.
I spent that night dreaming of ways to care for the horse – though I don’t think the apartment management company would welcome a horse as a pet – especially one as big as a Clydesdale. I begged my in-laws, since they have a field, and even called my parents who have a neighbor with a field
I was full of hope until the night of the drawing came and went – with no calls! I wanted to rant at God for not answering my prayers then remembered there are times when He will say no especially for something like a horse that I would not have been able to take care of. So the reasons for God’s no on this prayer request were understood.
After all, James 4:3 (NIV) says: When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
Maybe I would have used this horse for my own pleasures and not for God’s purpose?
Yet some prayers will be heard and taken care of yet sometimes God needs to say no to us. We may not always understand like me wanting my son back in my life…yet I know God has a purpose for that and some day he will be restored to me. Yet, other prayers like my husband’s complete healing are not so easily understand as I watch him fight the complications of T1 diabetes and yet he is faithful to God as he encourages those around him.
Yet, in conclusion, as I look back, there have been times that He has answered with a yes; After all, Matthew 21:22 (NIV) says: If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” The yes answers have been about glorifying Him and serving His purpose like the prayers of giving me the right words for this blog or even allowing recent doctor tests to come back that said “no cancer” so I can continue to use my degree to serve Him.
1) Is there times that God has said no to your prayers? If so, if you looked back, do you think there was a reason? I know some “nos” maybe painful like not healing someone like my husband…and I don’t have an answer to these nos.
2) Can you look back and see where He has answered with a yes? If so, do you show you are grateful even if the answer was no?