Prayer What can we do when God is silent or says no!From the (Selfish Man Series)
Something that dwells on our heart, we pray. Praying is a part of our nature as man. Wishing or making a wish is a prayer like form, however in the Christian walk we are encouraged each morning to pray, at meal times and before we sleep. That is the natural possession of our days since childhood. Prayer has become scheduled in our Churches. It is not a bad thing. Schedules are reminders of when to do things, and organization is a tool used in planning successful events, to include services.
So let’s get to prayer in our personal life. The unscheduled prayers in our life when no one is around, and no one is listening, just you and the Father! Be honest we all have desires, dreams and wants as well as needs, right? Sometimes we entertain these in expressed individual and honest prayers to God. We are selfish? Personally I always struggled a little bit with that concept, and I find myself asking others to pray for my needs, because I feel guilty in praying for myself, feeling I am being selfish.
The other mater is. Then too it is a hard thing to face when I realize latter my selfish needed prayer was answered with a NO! I never resented the Father for the no answer. I questioned it, yes. Still I learned latter the reason should have been clear to me all along. If you are like most, you might find it hard to be rejected when one of your desires you hoped for is answered with a no. We may even feel rejected, resentment may occur because by human standards we want acceptance.
As a growing believer, a Christian we seek Gods heart, His acceptance. We find ways in our daily walk to do things for good ignoring ourselves of things we personally want. The example in the Old testament of King David’s desire to build the temple to the Lord in First Chronicles 28:2. His dream went unfulfilled; however that dream was passed on to Solomon. Although the answer was NO! God remained his diligence and allowed the King’s focus to remain on Israel and pass it on to another.
The lesson here is in the next few lines, oh when you get a chance read the first book of Chronicles chapter 29:10 through 19. "Blessed are You, O LORD God of Israel our father, forever and ever. Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; yours is the dominion, O LORD, and you exalt yourself as head over all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all, and in your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone."29:10-12 (Bible)
In this passage we can see that the David was not revengeful or loathed pitifully or showed he was angry, still yet it was the opposite he exalted the Father. Expressing that God supplied all their needs. He concentrated in his prayer for the people in his prayers to” strengthen everyone”. He prays for the temple and his son before he dies. (Swindoll., 2011)
Gods answer was no to David however we see from our Bible history lessons it was for a reason. It was answered in a way that we saw after his death it could only be fulfilled. This is when the no answer for one is a wait for others. Perhaps it’s not time to even get a direct answer because it is not for your moment and time. That time and purpose might be for others or perhaps your plans do not fit in what He has planned for you. (Brewer, 2013,2014)
In closing let’s take a lesson from David and give thanks and praise that God loved us so that he interceded and protected us from ourselves. God’s pre-planned purposes do not die with us.
This lesson was inspired from the following:
Brewer, K. A. (2013,2014, Nov, Dec, Jan). The Word Reviled. Selfish man. Saint Joseph, Missouri, USA: Connect 123|Hug a Kid Network.
Swindoll., C. R. (2011, July 27). , David: A Man of Passion & Destiny. Retrieved from oneplace.com: http://