When the answer to your prayer is, “Yes, No or not now.”

It’s been a while since I have posted due to some hindrance. But nevertheless through prayer, I’m back!! In June or July of this year God gave me this personally for me.  However, I have heard this exact message twice by others and knew that others would benefit from it as well.  Enjoy..

Mark 11:24 says I tell you, you can pray for anything and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.  But most times people say, “Well I’ve prayed and it didn’t happen.”  Some people say prayer does not work.  One must come to understand in a relationship with God that he is first and foremost our Father.  If we look at it in a physical sense, we have fathers, mothers and children.  Children ask their father or parent for things all the time.  Food when they are passing by McDonalds.  New clothes or shoes when they see their friends wearing it.  Teenagers asking to go hang out with friends or to a hang out at a place.  When raising children, there is not a day that a child does not ask for something.

But even though they ask, beg and  plead, do they really get what they want? Do their parent give into their demands?  Sometimes, yes and sometimes, no.  Parents are placed in authority over their children to provide those  things they need spiritually and physically.  It is completely up to the parent to make the decision based on the request of the child. 1 Corinthians 10:23 says all things are lawful for me but not all things are helpful, all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.  So basically, are the things asked for in their best interest, useful, productive, beneficial, glorifying, uplifting or elevating?  Are we asking God for things because we see someone else with it?  Are we praying for a relationship to be saved so that you won’t be lonely when God never meant for you to get involved with that person?

Ask yourself, what am I praying for and could it be that God does not see fit for that in my life or at this time?  James 4:3 says you ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.  Amiss means out of order.  Is what we are asking in the will of God and a part of his plan for your life?  As our father, God is our provider, protector, etc. It is his job as a loving father to provide the things we need that will bring him glory, that is in your interest, beneficial, useful, productive, etc.  God will either say yes if it is in order, in his will and beneficial.  He will say be patient if he knows he want you to have what you asked for but you aren’t  ready  for it (wrong timing).

He will say, “No,” to save us from destruction and ourselves.  But if we persist on having our way even when he says no or not now, we will experience adverse situations due to rebellion. You may be saying, “Do God really not answer some of our prayers?” Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:8 said, I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for strength is made perfect in weakness.” Jesus prayed three times in the Garden of Gethsemane. He said in Matthew 26:39, “O My Father, if it possible, let this cup pass from me, nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” Verse 42 says, again, a second time, he went away and prayed, saying, “O my Father, if this cup cannot pass away from me unless I drink it, your will be done.” Verse 44 says, so he left them, went away again, and prayed the third time saying the same words.

So from this we can see that God’ answer to Jesus was no. Why? Because Jesus dying on the cross was beneficial, edifying, elevating, uplifting and in the best interest for Man kind. God was thinking about our future. God knows what’s best. Proverbs 19:21 says there are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless it is the Lord’s counsel that will stand.

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