What we want or what we need?
“During the days of Jesus life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.”
Dear savior, please help me accept your no as the right answer as well as your yes.
CS Lewis once said, “we can bear to be refused but not ignored.” In other words, our faith can survive many refusals if they really are refusals, and not mere disregards. God hears us. God always answers our prayers. His answers are yes or no. But when we complain that God does not answer our prayers, we really mean that we cannot tolerate a negative answer. Most of our prayers are selfish requests or misguided petitions that need refuses. God hears only too well.
As a father may hear his son please for a rifle and refuse it, knowing the child is too young to be trusted with firearms, so too our Father in heaven in the same wisdom may not give what we ask for. God gives us what we need, not what we want. He may give us the very no we need to accept in order to wait until we are ready.
In recovery God is much more interested in making us well than in giving us what we want period we would do much better to ask to be made over then given into. We need changing, not spoiling period after all if we pray the answer is really God will not ours. He really does know best, and he really does answer.
--A Philip Parham
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