“Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
Yesterday we saw that God always answers prayer and that God is sovereign. God is God and we are not.
Because God always answers prayer, and because God is sovereign, one of the ways God answers our prayer is with a “no”.
God answers our prayer with a “no” when our prayers are wrong. God answers some prayers with a “no” because God is a good God. There are times we ask God for things that are contrary to God’s will, and there are times we ask for things that will actually harm us or harm others. In such times, God must answer “no”.
We are told in Psalm 145:17, “The LORD is just in all his ways, and kind in all his doings.”
Because God is just in all his ways, when our requests are wrong, he must reply in the negative.
Because God is kind in all his doings, when our requests will actually bring harm to ourselves or others, God must reply in the negative.
For God to answer requests that are wrong would be cruel and unjust.
We may not like it when God denies our prayers, but we must acknowledge that “no” is a legitimate answer. And, because God is God and we are not, we must be willing to accept God’s “no”. When our prayers and requests are wrong, God’s “no” is God’s kindness to us.
When our prayers and requests are wrong, God’s “no” is the most kind answer God can give us.
God, thank you for answering our prayers with a “no” when our requests are wrong. We trust and accept your “no” as an expression of your kindness and justice.