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When “No” Means “Yes”

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

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Matthew 21:22Matthew 21:22
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22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

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NAS tells us “And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” What a great promise that is. But, why then did my prayer not get answered?

prayinghands2I have been puzzled many times when I thought I was praying in faith but yet felt I was being rejected because my fervent supplication went unanswered. How do I continue to move forward when God tells me “no”? At that point, I realize that God’s no is not a “rejection” but a “redirection”.

There are various reasons why prayers go unanswered. Maybe it’s the wrong time (Ecclesiastes 3:1Ecclesiastes 3:1
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3 1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven:

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) or the answer will hurt me (James 4:3James 4:3
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3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may spend it in your pleasures.

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). However, it is encouraging to be assured that God has something better for me (Jeremiah 29:11Jeremiah 29:11
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11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith Jehovah, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope in your latter end.

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) than what I thought I needed at that particular time.

When I realize the answer is “no”, I thank God for the closed door. I grasp the peace of God when frustration sets in. I continue to believe in God’s will for my life. I anticipate that one day the “no” will turn into a triumphant “yes”. If not, I will remain faithful to prayer knowing that God has my best interests in mind.

So, you see, sometimes “no” can mean “yes”!

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Diary of “The Basket”

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

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Dear Diary,

Here I go again! Being hauled off by the preacher’s wife to a new location to sit on another decorated table. What do you suppose I am going to be doing now?

Oh, great! I get to hold the cards on the gift table at her grandson’s wedding. I like doing that!

I could not tell you how many states and towns I have been in, how many occasions I have been present at or how many tables I have been placed on. If I searched my memory, I could probably identify many of my purposes throughout the years, though.

One of my favorite assignments is to hold little gifts or cards to be given to all families who attend the Christmas fellowship at the church. Probably my next favorite is to be present at a memorable wedding anniversary (such as 25th or 50th). Attending wedding showers, baby showers, graduation parties, banquets, church services and other functions, at the preacher’s wife’s discretion, is also part of my job description.

I have also been beautifully decorated with all colors of ribbons. The colors of Christmas, of course, is my favorite. Then I have seen gold or silver ribbons adorning my handle as well as bows to match whatever occasion I am attending at that particular time. My bottom has also been covered with Easter grass, paper or cloth napkins, tissue paper, small pieces of cloth and Christmas tinsel and garland. See how versatile I am!

Just imagine how many people have handled me? Important people (like the preacher’s wife, of course), the preacher, adults and children. They all seem to give a big smile when they see me coming. Wonder why?

Do I ever get to retire? Actually, I keep kind of busy. I think I would miss being the main attention getter at an important event. I don’t think I would want to give up my purpose in life and I know the preacher’s wife would really, really miss me.

In the meantime, I’ll just dawdle here on this shelf waiting for my next adventure. See you later!


“The Basket”

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