The need to accept God’s NO concerning some of the prayers we pray is determined by the level of spiritual growth, because it is this, that determines how best we accept His answer, despite the fact that the reason for His option of saying NO is not made clear to us. This happens because what God sees and plans for our lives is beyond what we can work or fathom out in our thinking or imagination (Isaiah 55: 8-9).
God is not under any obligation to say YES to our prayers, the only obligation He has is to answer our prayers when all factors that could hinder us from hearing has been adequately dealt with. His answer to our prayers may sometimes be seen unfavourable to us, because its not the outcome we are expecting, but He has a purpose for any answer He gives to us. One of the reasons why He says NO to our prayers is because He is very interested in the situation and wants to work it out in His own very way. Therefore, it is of great importance for us to accept the NO of God concerning that prayer that seems unanswered, because this is what will give us access to the alternative that He has for us.
In some cases, God can say YES to our prayers with some conditions attached to them, but “until you agree with the conditional YES of God, it will always appear NO. “
The following are the steps that are required to be taken when God says NO:
• Recognise His Presence in the situation you are going through
• Affirm or assert His power, that is, the fact that He says NO does not mean He cannot do it (Eph. 3:20-21)
• Affirm His purpose. You may not know the reason why, but believe it is for your good (Romans 8:28)
• Remember and believe that it is still within His master plan (Jer. 29:11)
• It’s a time to trust and be dependent on Him completely (Proverbs 3:5-6)
• It’s a time to delight, because of your assurance that He is totally in charge
May the Grace and the Strength of the Lord continue to be with you, as you accept His No, which makes a way for His Yes. See you on Sunday for our celebration service.
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