When God Says No
Five ways God can answer your prayers.Luis Palau Association.
Over the years, I've discovered from Scripture and experience that God loves to answer our prayers. Here are five of his most frequent answers:
1. "No, I love you too much."
The Lord of the universe isn't under obligation to say "yes" to every prayer. That's a good thing considering some of the things we request!
But sometimes God says "no" to our most heartfelt requests. Have you discovered this to be true in your own life? I certainly have. When my friend Diane started losing her hearing. When my mother-in-law came down with polio. When my nephew contracted AIDS.
I would be known as Luis Palau Jr. if it weren't for the fact that God said "no" to my most earnest childhood prayers. Shortly after my tenth birthday, my father, Luis Palau Sr., contracted bronchial pneumonia and died ten days later.
Death became, to me, the most undeniable reality under heaven. Everything else can be rationalized and wondered about and discussed, but death is there, staring you in the face. It's real. It happens. Even to the most godly people. No matter how hard we pray. Why? Because we still live in a fallen world.
I've been reminded of this repeatedly since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America. Tens of thousands of lives were spared. But God said "no" to thousands of other prayers. Will good come of their deaths? I believe so.
Without a doubt, the death of my father has had more impact on my ministry than anything else in my entire life, besides my own conversion to Jesus Christ. My wish and desire is that people get right with God, settle the big question, and die happy, knowing...like my father...that they will be with Jesus,"which is better by far"
Does that mean we shouldn't bother to pray? Just the opposite.
Over the years, traveling throughout the world, I've discovered four other ways God frequently answers prayer. Believe me, He loves to say "yes!"
2. "Yes, but you'll have to wait."