Friday, November 14, 2008

What if He Says No?

As I read a wonderful book recently ( John 3:16 by Nancy Moser- which I highly recommend and got at our local library) I was struck by a scene during which an older lady was speaking to her daughter-in-law about something she really wanted.

"Have you been praying about it? Asking God for His direction?"


"Why not?"

"What if God says no?"

"So you only want to consult God if you'll get the answer you want?"
"I'm certainly not seeking an answer I don't want."

"No I suppose you're not. I suppose none of us does. The thing is, God knows best. He knows what he's doing because he sees the big picture. We may think we know what's best for us, or even for others, but he knows. That's why it's best if we let him do the choosing for us."

"Then why pray for anything specific? If you're just going to let God do what He wants anyway, then why ask?"

"We don't let God do what He wants. He just does it."

"I repeat, why ask?"

"Because above all else he wants us to turn to him, communicate with him. That's what prayer accomplishes. And it does yield results. 'For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened'"

I was struck by this scene because on the surface it seemed so ridiculous- not praying because you are worried He will say no? I silly is that?

But as I went on to finish the book- that scene kept coming back to my mind time and time again.

And it made me think of the times I have NOT prayed- simply because I didn't want to hear an answer from God.

About the times I did NOT pray because I wasn't willing to accept His answer, His will, and His plan.

About the times I did NOT pray simply because I was selfish and didn't want to submit.

About the times I did NOT pray simply because I didn't want to go through the difficult times that might follow.

About the times I did NOT pray because I simply didn't want to be obedient.

And I realized that sometimes, I'm just like that girl in the book.

Silly and ridiculous and disobedient.

And so I prayed and asked God to forgive me for those times and to help me to pray- always and about everything.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6

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  1. I've not personally read that book, but our minister did a series based on that book awhile back.
    It is on my list of books to read!

  2. What a good discussion. I have never thought NOT to pray for anything, but then again, I don't pray enough for specific things.

  3. My problem isn't so much hearing 'no' for an answer as just not thinking I NEED to pray for specifics...which we do. God wants us to talk to Him and share our hearts with Him. It's not about what He is or isn't going to do for us, it's about sitting at His feet...which I don't do enough of, by far!

  4. How come it is so easy for little children to pour out their hearts and not us as adults? What happens that makes us so jaded and so not willing to spill it all to God?

  5. Thank you for sharing this. I love coming here and learning a little more about God and His plans in my life. You may think that when you are sharing these stories they are about you, but believe me I learn something each time also.

  6. Thanks for the get-well wishes. I think I must have picked up something other than what you have... I don't have a sore throat. I hope you are feeling better today, too. :)

    (We probably got sick from those nasty, germ-laden airplanes!) haha!