When God Says ‘No’ to Your Prayers
By Pastor Ray Dare
Have you figured out that God’s plan for your life is often different than your plan? Why? Because God has a better plan! The Bible says in Isaiah 55:8-9, “This plan of Mine is not what you would work out neither are My thoughts the same as yours. For My ways are higher than yours.”
The problem is we think we know what’s best, what’s going to make us happy, so when we pray, we don’t just ask God for something. We tell Him when we want it. We have all these specifics, and we get disappointed when God doesn’t agree with what we want. God says, “Wait a minute, I’ve got a better plan! When I say ‘no’ to something you want, it’s because I have a better plan.” Hebrews 11 is the chapter of all the famous heroes of faith in the Bible. It says, “These people were commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better.” Hebrews 11:39-40.
What do you do when God says, “No”? You must expect God to give you the grace to handle the “no.” What is grace? Grace is the power to handle pain. Grace is the power to handle it when what you want doesn’t agree with God. Grace is the power to do the right thing, even when you don’t feel like it. Even the Apostle Paul did not always get all of his prayers answered. If anybody deserved to have his prayer answered all the time, it was Paul. He wrote most of the New Testament. Yet many times, God said to Paul, “No.”
One time Paul had a handicap, a thorn in the flesh, and he says, “Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me but He said, ‘My grace is sufficient for you for My power is made perfect in weakness.’” 2 Corinthians 12:9
When our plans don’t line up with God’s, we have to trust that He has a bigger perspective, a better plan, a greater purpose. The Bible says it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose (Philippians 2:13).
Here’s the question: What have you prayed for, and so far it hasn’t happened? It just hasn’t happened. Will you trust God and live for Him in spite of it? Knowing that He may be protecting you from an unforeseen problem that would devastate your life if He answered yes? Would you trust Him that the story isn’t finished yet, the final chapter hasn’t been written, and you can’t see the end of your life yet? Will you trust Him that He’s working in your life and that He knows what’s best for you, even when you think you know what’s best?
There’s a verse, Psalms 9:10: “Those who know the Lord will trust the Lord.” What does that mean? The more you know God, the more you’re going to trust Him. The more you know God, the more you’re going to know He has a better plan, bigger perspective, and greater purpose for you.
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