I am praying for good things, of course you will say Yes, right Lord?
I have heard it said, God always answers our prayers.
His answer can be one of 3 things, Yes, No or Wait! Have you heard this before?
I think I agree with this statement. I just wish sometimes the answer is a little more clear.
The Yes answers are always easy to see. They seem to make my heart sing.
I have even heard, Wait! And I have been able to rejoice in the wait since in the long run it became a Yes! So what about the No?
What do we do with the Nos?
I ask because I feel like sometimes I have accepted the No and been able to trust that my God knows what is best for me and the No has to be what is best. But some of the Nos have been very difficult to accept.
What do we do with the Nos that we don’t understand?
I have found that the root of the issue is not the answer but rather if my heart truly believes that God is good and He has good plans for me.
I have had some BIG Nos in my life~
- Heal my mom & allow me to grow up with my mommy by my side.
- Heal my husband & restore my marriage and let us serve you together the rest of our lives.
- Heal my Daddy and keep me from having to let go and not watch him disappear before my eyes.
- Heal my infertility & grant me the honor of being a mom.
Each BIG No I get brings me back to this place. Do I trust my Father in heaven to do what is best for me even when I don’t think that it is?
To be honest sometimes I struggle with this. I am so thankful that I have years of His faithfulness to remind me I do trust Him. He is good.
When the struggles are big I also have to ask my father to give me more faith like the man in Mark 9:24. “Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” (NAS) Lord, just Help my unbelief!
This prayer is one I have always had answered with a BIG YES! He holds me and encourages me. And in a season, I find the strength to again say, I know you love me and have my best at heart.
What prayers have the answer from your Father been No? What have you found has helped you to accept that No?
What a beautiful reminder that even in the “no”, God always has the best for us.
Thank you Mary Lou!
Accepting the biggest “No” I’ve ever had to deal with is still a work in progress for me. God took my Dad home almost a year ago. He needed to go – his body was failing him. We really didn’t get the opportunity to say good-bye, though. I’m still working on that “No”. To be honest, I don’t often feel that the answer is No as much as I wasn’t asking for the best thing for me. That doesn’t mean I don’t struggle with the answer, but it’s the place I end up in wrestling with God about the answer.