Day 18 – When God says “No”
Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
– 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 (ESV)
There will be times when God will answer “No” to our prayers. Here are some of the reasons why:
- Refusal to stop known sin in our lives. (Psalm 66:18)
- Saying yes would harm us more than help us. (James 1:17)
- God has something better in mind that we don’t see yet. (Ephesians 3:20)
- We ask with selfish motives. (James 4:3)
- We doubt that God can answer our prayers. (James 1:6)
When God says, “No,” we may not understand why. At that moment, we have a choice to make. We can believe that God is a cosmic killjoy in the sky who gets His thrills from seeing us disappointed. Or, we can believe that we pray to a loving Heavenly Father who only wants to give us what is best for us. Maybe we need to thank God more often for unanswered prayers because we know the heart of our Father towards us.
Spend a few moments thanking your Father for all the unanswered prayers that would have kept you from receiving His best.
As you pray today, thank God not only for His answers to prayers that you’ve already received by also for the ones that He hasn’t answered yet.