Prayer: Why does God sometimes say no? Why does He sometimes heal? Do we ever tell God not to say ‘no’ to our prayers?
“Then what about the “Name-it-and-claim-it” theology? Is God obligated to answer our prayers in the way we want Him to? No. He’s Not. Does God want you to have a million-dollar home and drive a Hummer? Does God want you to be healed of that diagnoses, disease or physical challenge? I don’t know. What I do know is this: God is a good God.
“The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy. They are steadfast forever and ever, done in faithfulness and uprightness” (Psalm 111:7-8).”
This was taken from the Girlfriends in God devotional (link: http://www.girlfriendsingod.com/2012/dont-say-no/)
There is little to add as it summed up my thoughts and feelings well. You can click the link to read the entire devotional (something I’ve done a couple of times already and I’m sure I will be reading through it again in the future as it’s so useful to me).
The following verse has been on my mind rather a lot over the past few days. Job 1v21(b) tells us that, “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”
Our prayers are not always answered the way we’d have them answered. But we do know that God is God. He doesn’t change. He has always been and is always good, faithful and compassionate. He is sovereign and that is that. He has the power over life and death, to create or not create, to heal or not to heal.
With our precious little boy God has given us a good gift – He does not make mistakes. Asa is created by God, loved by God, given to us by God to be loved and brought up to know our Creator. God has given us a beautiful little boy. He has given us supportive parents and wider family. He has given us many supportive and wonderful friends who have stepped in to help look after Emelia, run errands for us, brought meals for us, prayed for and with us and cried with us (well, me!). But He has also taken away. He has taken away the joy of being able to bring our baby boy home straight away. He has taken away Asa’s health at the moment. He has taken away some pride that was in my heart. He is stripping back the layers Jon and I have so that we can be vulnerable to fully trusting God. He has taken away my embarrassment of crying in front of Jon or our friends. He has taken away my need to always appear strong. He may have taken things we do not yet know about, like hearing, eye sight, or ability to feed or walk or talk. Or none of these things… We don’t know.
We do not what the future holds. We just know the One who holds the future.