When God Says No

If my toddlers would ask me to let them play with a buzz saw, I would obviously say, “No.” No explanation would be necessary; they wouldn’t understand it anyway. My negative response would just have to be sufficient because of my authority and what I know about the tragic outcome of granting their request. However, if they were to ask me for more vegetables and less sweets, I would eagerly and quickly give them exactly what they asked for. Why? Because they would be asking for something that was in accordance with my will for them.

Our prayers are never ignored, nor do they go unanswered. When it comes to prayer, we have a tendency to forget that “no” is an answer. 1 John 5:14-15 is pretty clear, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him” (NKJ). God fulfills for us those things we ask in accordance with His will for us. When we ask for stuff He doesn’t want for us, He says, “No.”

Prayer is more about getting into God’s head than about letting God get into ours. He already knows what we think, want, and need. When we pray, let’s be about the business of finding out what God wants for us in every situation of life. Once we know His outlook on a subject, our prayer-confidence meter will soar. We will see prayer answered in the positive left and right because we’ll spend much less time asking for what we want, and much more time asking for what He wants for us.


©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on November 26, 2011.

One Response to “When God Says No”

  1. I loved this. When god says no and getting in his head..priceless

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