40 Days of Prayer - Day 11 - West Ridge Church

Monday, March 18th
Author: Steve Roach
Church: NorthStar Church

When God says, “No”

Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
– 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 (ESV)

Have you ever wondered why God doesn’t say “yes” to every prayer request we give to Him? Paul prayed three times for his thorn in the flesh to be removed and each time he received “no” for an answer. God is not in the business of flipping a coin to decide on a whim if He will answer a request. The reason that God says “no” isn’t because He is unable or too weak to handle what we ask. To understand why God denies our requests, we need to look to His heart and character. Because God is a good and perfect Father, there will be times when He will answer “no” to our prayers. Here are some of the reasons why:

  • We are hard-hearted and rebellious. (Psalm 66:18)
  • We ask with selfish motives. (James 4:3)
  • We doubt that God can answer our prayers. (James 1:6)
  • Saying yes would harm us more than help us. (James 1:17)
  • God has something better in mind that we don’t see yet. (Ephesians 3:20)

When God says, “no,” we have a choice to make. We can believe that God is a cosmic killjoy in the sky who gets His thrills from seeing us disappointed. We can believe that God is too weak to act. Or, we can believe that we pray to a loving Heavenly Father who only wants to give His children what is best for them. Maybe we need to thank God more often for unanswered prayers because we know the heart of our Father towards us.

Spend a few moments thanking your Father for all the unanswered prayers that would have kept you from receiving His best.



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