Fresh Hope – 29th October 2018

God always answers every single prayer.

Now at first glance you may feel that this cannot be true, as on the many occasions that you’ve asked Him for something, He seems to have turned you down, or at least that’s the way it felt at the time.

On other occasions God just seemed to remain silent, as if He hadn’t even had the decency to listen, let alone answer.

So let’s go back to our first statement and then qualify it; God always answers every single prayer…just not always the way you want!

When He answers, He answers in any one of four ways:

When the request isn’t right, God says, “No.”

Just like parents say “no” to their children for a hundred good reasons, God doesn’t owe you an explanation every time he says “no” to your request.

When the timing isn’t right, God says, “Slow.”

There’s a big difference between a delay and a denial. “No” and “not yet” are not the same thing, and learning and accepting the difference shows spiritual maturity.

When the request and timing are right, but you’re not right, God says, “Grow.”

He wants to do something in your life before He answers your prayer because you’re not yet ready to handle the answer.

When the request is right and the timing’s right and you’re right, then God says, “Go.”

God often gives us the green light to our prayer…just not always.

Pause and think about it for a moment; God is never going to give you anything that is hurtful or bad for you. After all, if even imperfect parents know how to give good gifts to their children, won’t God, who is good and perfect, do even more for you?

Matthew 7:7-11 ‘Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. ‘Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!


Pastor Mark

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