God’s Answers

What do we do when God doesn’t answer our prayers the way we requested? This is where we think of Him as our true father or just a God who is there to heed all our needs, wishes, and wants. God doesn’t always answer our prayers quickly, the exact way we’re asking, and in the time frame we are asking. But sometimes He does. God is not a genie nor a wizard. He answers prayers according to His Will for each of us and not our own. He Answers prayers based on what He knows will be best for us, not what we think is best for us. We should always pray expectantly but also be aware that He May delay our prayer, say no to our prayer, or answer it just the way we asked. We should all be prepared for some “no” answers.

What father gives their children everything they want? He gives them only things He knows will help them and be good for them. Most children still love their parents when they say no to something because they know that they have their best interest in mind. God is the same way. He is not going to give us certain things because He knows it will not be best for us. God knows our future and we do not. Charles Spurgeon put it this way- “Delayed answers to prayers are not just trials of faith; they also give us opportunities to honor God through our steadfast confidence in Him even when facing the apparent denial of our request.” Sometimes God says no. But we can be assured when He does, there is great reasoning behind it. Love God when He says yes and love Him even more when He says no because He has protected us from tripping ourselves up in a small way or in a huge way. 
God protects, loves, watches over, guides and directs His children everyday. Those who call on Him, and call on Him with a pure heart and pure motives will be directed by God. He will make our paths straight and our lights shine. But we always should expect one of three answers in prayer. Yes, wait or no. And the most important and most appreciated should always be the “no”. For that is God saying this is not good direction, not in your best interest. It’s His divine protection. When you pray, be grateful for the yes, be patient with the waiting, and respect and be thankful for the no. God knows what He is doing and He is doing it all for your good.

No prayer will ever go unanswered. John 5:14-15 says this- “His is the confidence we have in approaching God; that if we ask Him anything in prayer and according to His will, He hears us. And we know if He hears us, whatever we ask Him, we know that we have what we asked of Him.”

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