No is Still a Yes

Have you ever heard the phrase, “In prayer there is only three possible answers. God either says yes, no, or wait”? I have heard this before. Millions of times. But for once, let us really think about it…

In my post “Why Worry, It’s Only Life” I discussed how even the hardships of life are a gift from God. Everything that happens He has ordained for our good and, most importantly, for His glory.

When we pray there are three possible answers from God; yes, no, and wait.

Yes: God answers our prayers just the way we want Him to. We ask for it and He gives it. At first this sounds fantastic. It sounds like the best answer, because we finally get what we want. But do we always want to get what we want? Like the old parable says, “Be careful for what you wish for ’cause you just might get it.”

No: God answers our prayers the way we didn’t want Him to. He says no, and we have to cope with our disappointments. This sounds like the worst answer, because we don’t get what we want, just the way we want it. But, sometimes God is being gracious to us when He answers us with a no. 

Wait: God answers without an answer. He hasn’t said no or yes which means He is keeping the future in mind. Sometimes “wait” means wait a little while and I’ll give you your desire, and sometimes it  means wait a little while until you no longer want your present desire.

Now that we have viewed the answers to prayer, maybe we should take a step back and analyze the prayers themselves.

Out of the prayers which require an answer, there are two different kinds; I would like this, and…not my will, but yours be done. Out of these two, the best is definitely the latter. How do I know? Because Jesus told us to pray with God’s will above our own.

“Pray then like this: Our father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” -Matthew 6: 9-13

When we keep the frame of mind that God’s will is better than our own then we won’t care what answer He will gives us. We may be sad at first, but in the end we will not rise in anger against Him because we know that even the “No” will end up as a “Yes” because He knows what is best!!

In Christ Alone~EleyanaFaith

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