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Yes, No, & Wait



How many times have we wanted something so bad that we pray asking God for it and it doesn’t come to pass? When things don’t turn out as planned, we get upset, lose a little faith, and question God. Yet the Bible says, “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,” (Matt 7:7-8). So, if we’re asking, seeking, and knocking yet getting nothing in return, what’s the hold up? How much longer do we have to ask, seek, and knock?


Until what we are asking for is in alignment with God’s will.


Our prayers are earthly requests that unlock heavenly interventions. However, there are some things that God will not do unless He is asked. God has already decided what He’s going to do for us and will not respond negatively in response to our prayers (Jer. 29:11). Everything He wants to give to us is a perfect gift from above (James 1:17). Therefore, before we start making our requests known to God, the first thing we to do is get in alignment and repent (Psalm 139: 23-24). In doing so, when we approach God, we have confidence knowing that when we ask for anything, he will hear us (1 John 5:14) and respond accordingly.


God has three answers for us: ‘yes’, ‘no’, and ‘wait.’ So, unless we hear a ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ we keep asking and when we ask, we have to be sure that what we’re asking for is in alignment with God’s will, not ours.


Dear God-


When we ask and do not receive, it’s because we are asking with the wrong motives (James 4:3). My prayer is that we learn to understand ourselves, repent when necessary so that we may maintain alignment and intimate fellowship with you. Thank you for always knowing what’s best for us and knowing us better than we know ourselves.


In Jesus Name


Amen

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