God answers prayer, and it’s sometimes in ways that we never expected. One of the things that comes as a surprise to some people is that God doesn’t always say, “Yes,” when He answers your prayer. Sometimes He says, “No.” Here are some things to think about the next time you go before His throne.
God is a Good God
We as humans aren’t naturally good, but God is naturally good. When we ask Him to give us a specific answer to our prayers, and He says, “No,” it’s because He has a plan that is better than our own. God knows the future, and to be honest, some of the things that I expect from Him are at the top of my list one day, and the bottom of my list the next.
At Least it’s a Good “No.”
Why do we often look at God’s “no” as if He says it to punish us, when He actually does it for our ultimate good?
A couple of years ago, my mom was in the hospital due to pneumonia and a heart attack. She could barely breathe when she got there, but the doctors managed to help her get her blood pressure down to a normal level, and helped her get her healthy breathing back.
Our family prayed for Mom. The next couple days we talked to the doctors on the phone, and they kept saying she was doing great. But then a call came in that she was struggling to breath. I went to the hospital with my grandparents, and when we got there, they told us she had passed away. She was 50. God had told us, “No,” but He didn’t stop writing our stories there.
Yes and No: Both Answers Can Benefit Us.
At the time of something tragic, it’s hard to even think that God is going to work it out for good, let alone believe it. But just because He says, “No,” it doesn’t mean He’s mad at you, or that your prayers are faulty. It’s because He has a better plan that isn’t visible to you yet. When you’re walking somewhere, you can’t always see the destination up ahead, but you’ll still get there if you persevere. It’s the same with God’s perfect plan for your life.
After a month, I was already starting to see God’s plan unfold before my eyes. He heard my cry and answered with a, “yes” to my prayer for someone I could love like my mom. He even went further than that, and changed my whole life through relationships with people I never would have known if my mom was still here. And the greatest thing that came out of this, is that Mom is in Heaven with Jesus; her dream has come true. Never underestimate the power of God.