When The Answer Is No

When You think the Answer is “No!”

By Denise Schmeer
As my children were growing up, I liked giving them these little “pearls of wisdom” to help them along as they matured into adults.  You know, wise words like, “Always say thank you – Have a Plan ‘B’ – Any secret shared is no longer a secret – Save 10% of everything you earn.”  But my all-time favorite was, “If you don’t ask, the answer is always – NO!”

At that time in my life, I was not a “born-again Christian.” I did not read the Bible, did not study God’s word, and so imagine my surprise when I realized my favorite “pearl of wisdom” came right from the New Testament!  In the Epistle of James 4:2 – there it was:  You do not have because you do not ask.  WOW!  

So that must mean God always answers prayers!  I’ve certainly heard many times, from many people that God didn’t answer their prayers, but it can’t be – that is not what the Bible says.  Now let me clarify – James goes on to say in 4:3 – You ask and do not receive it, because you ask with wrong motives.Ahhh . . . yes!

But I have definitely come to learn that God always – let me emphasize ALWAYS answers prayer.  Our prayers do not – let me emphasize DO NOT fall on deaf ears.  If we ask for something, anything . . . and it is in God’s will for us to have it – God will bless us with it.  I mean, think about it . . . when your children or a family member ask for something, do you ignore them?  Do you not answer their request?  Of course not!  You always give an answer.  Although it may not be the answer they want to hear . . . you still answer.  Do you think our great Father in Heaven would do any less for us, His children?  Of course not!  God sent His only Son to die on the cross to pay the price for our sins . . . does it even make sense that God would not answer our prayers? 

So, let me encourage each of you, no matter what your need is – go to God in prayer.  He answers every prayer.  Search your heart, know your motive, and ask our amazing Father in Heaven.  He is listening; He is waiting to hear from you right now!

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him. (1 John 5:14-15)

P.S.  By the way, all my other “pearls of wisdom” . . . yes – they are all in the Bible too, but that is a discussion for another time!