Why doesn't God answer every prayer with a YES?
1.Some prayers conflict with other prayers and both cannot be answered at the same time. A child praying for bad weather so they can stay home from school. While someone is praying for good weather so they don't miss work.
What about people praying for the ball team to win. Can't answer both. I wonder if God cares who really wins. What about opposing political candidates? We can go on and on. If there are conflicting prayers then one of them cannot be answered in the affirmative.
When God says "NO" it is often confusing for if God is a loving and all powerful God- why is my request denied? Can be frustrating, asking the question- WHY?
Why do some get miracles and others don't?
Why do some sick people we pray for get well and others die?
Why do some get relief from pain and others don't?
Why does God sometimes say yes and other times no?
When you think about it, there are some obvious reasons why God dosen't answer every prayer with a YES. We are going to look into this in more detail in the days ahead. I think it will be very helpful and bring more clarity to the question:"When God Says No!"
Many times in the Bible God promises to answer our prayer. One example is Jeremiah 33:3," Call to Me and I will answer." God always answers prayer but Not always the answer we want. God is not a genie nor is he a vending machine. He is the Sovereign God. So how does God answer prayer? In four ways: YES! NO! WAIT! or GROW! Three of these most of us do not like. The Bible is full of examples of God saying 'NO' to prayer. God said no to Abraham in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorah. God said no to King David on his new born son. Even Jesus had prayers answered no. When he asked if this cup ( the cross) could be lifted from him. In the next days we will examine "WHEN GOD SAYS NO!"
Today is Memorial Day. A day in which we remember those who died in military service. Those many who over the years have given their lives so that we may have the freedoms we cherish and benefit from. For a number of years, Sandra and I have observed this special day at the U.S. National Cemetery in Mexico City. A lovely place, maintain and manage by one of our member. Hector de Jesus and of course, Ana, his wife. It is a very special place in the middle of a busy city. A tranquil place to reflect and respect those buried there and others who have fallen in battle. Today, as I have had the privilege will be leading in prayer thanking our Heavenly Father.
Remember these who have gone before us. Remember their sacrifice.
Today is the last Sunday of our 40 Days of Prayer. As we have journeyed through these 40 Days we have seen some remarkable things take place. What we wanted to see is the awareness of the importance of prayer and the focus of prayer on a daily basis in the lives of our people.. We have looked at The Purpose of Prayer. How To Pray With Confidence, The Pattern of Prayer, Praying for a Breakthrough, How to Pray in a Crisis, and Why Doesn't God Always Answer the First Time I Pray.
These have been some very profound subjects and some very practical applications.
The question is: Will Prayer Be a Priority?