When God Says No

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.

– Jeremiah 33:3

The Bible is filled with examples of God saying no to prayers

Abraham, Moses, David, Job, Jonah, Peter and Paul
Even Jesus was told no

Why Does God Not Answer Every Prayer with a Yes?

Some prayers conflict with other prayers and both cannot be answered at the same time
Some prayers who require God to take away someone’s personal choice
Praying for someone who is sick will not always get a yes because we are not meant to live on earth forever
But many times the No is unexplainable

A Word of Caution
Only use these to comfort yourself.
NEVER use them with someone in pain because you don’t know why God said no to them.

God says no when He has a bigger perspective

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

– Hebrews 4:13

One issue with our prayers is that we cannot see the unintended consequences of our requests
Sometimes God says no to protect you from unforeseen problems

God says no when He has a better plan

These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them
received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

– Hebrews 11:39-40

We forget that God has all of eternity to fulfill His promises

God says no when He has a greater purpose

God is not obligated to explain why He does what He does

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

– 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

Three Facts to Understand
1. There are some things that you won’t understand until heaven
2. There are some things that will not change until heaven
3. Sometimes your suffering is used to benefit others

What Should we do when God says no?

Trust that God does everything in goodness and love

Anytime that God says no – Satan steps in to stir up doubts
Resist it
Resent it

Pray what Jesus prayed when facing the cross

Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

– Mark 14:35-36

Affirm God’s power
Ask with passion
Accept God’s plan

Expect God to give His grace to handle His answer

Grace is God’s power to handle pain and do what’s right

To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given mea thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

– 2 Corinthians 12:8-10