Have you prayed and then waited and waited and waited for your answer?
Has God answered NO to your prayers?
I wonder if there is someone reading this who feels that your prayers, though very sincere, seem to be unanswered and left you to wonder if there is any point in praying at all. Perhaps God HAS answered but said “NO” because it just wouldn’t be for your good.
You always close with the words. “For Jesus Sake” (this is what AMEN means) but how often we don’t really mean it. If we stop to think it out, our prayers are often for something we want or think should happen, and Jesus hardly comes into it at all. Jesus said If ye shall ask anything IN MY NAME I will do “For His sake”.
“Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” John 16:24.
Do we ever ask first what does He want?
Is it I want or what He wants me to do that I’m most concerned about when I ask for something in prayer? If we are strictly honest, it’s mostly about what we want, a child healed, an illness cured, a co-operative child, or someone to stop hurting us. Then I wonder why I fail to receive the answer I want.
Some of our prayers are only asking God to cover up the sins we’ve committed or just asking Him to help us avoid the consequences of our worldly pursuits, without confessing them. God cannot do that and still be the pure, holy and just God that He is.
And in order to achieve this, we must go through the fires of pain in order to make room for Him to fill us and give us a full life in Him. Then we will be able to sing with gusto hymns like “All that thrills my soul is Jesus” and “There is Power in the Blood”. This is life at its best and fullest.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9.
If your life is getting in a mess, remember instead of asking for an escape, take everything to Jesus, ask for forgiveness, cleansing, courage and most importantly ask God to shine through you in whatever situation you find yourself in.
“But ye shall receive power, after that, the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Acts 1:8.
This is why God gave Solomon the wisdom that He asked for and so much more besides because it was for His (God’s) sake that he asked.
When we ask for these things then His answer will be a resounding YES!!!
In hindsight, have you been able to see that an answer to your prayer–though not the one you wanted–was for the best?
Author’s Note: This blog was inspired and taken from a sermon preached by my mother many years ago.