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People pray for pain to go away. Others get their relief in no time. However, others struggle with pain their whole lives.

People pray for material and financial providence to meet life’s daily necessities. Some are rescued and alleviated from the depths. Still, others remain impoverished and financially challenged.

People pray for a special person to enter their lives and sweep them off their feet. Others find themselves meeting that person and settling down after a few years. Others remain alone for the length of their lives.

People pray for physical healing. Others are healed. But sometimes, even though we keep on praying, the people who matter the most still die.

Sometimes, hanging on to the promises of the Bible isn’t as easy as it seems. It takes faith to come before God and lay down our petition. Moreover, it takes a giant leap of faith to believe that God would grant us what we ask for. But most of all, it sometimes takes all the faith in the world to still trust in God if it seems that He is not hearing our prayers at all.

If there’s a promise given to us to ask anything in His name and it shall be given to you, what does it mean if God is saying NO? Was the promise just a joke? An overblown press release? A tease?

God answers our prayers. Sometimes, it’s obvious that His answer is a resounding YES. In other instances, He tells us to WAIT. But, God also has the option to say NO.

What does it mean when God denies our petitions? What does it mean if He says NO?

1. God sees the BIGGER PICTURE.

Suppose a 14 year old boy asks his father the keys to the car because he thinks that he is old enough to drive along the  thoroughfares of EDSA. Knowing that his son may meet an accident and lose his life, coupled by the young boy’s immaturity and shortsightedness, his father would obviously say no.

As in the case above, God says no to protect us. He sees the bigger picture. We don’t. He sees what lies in the future for everyone. We don’t.

2. God has BETTER PLANS.

My sister always prays for financial providence and guidance. Indeed, being buried in debt and providing for one’s children can be a daunting task and a huge stressor. At times, we focus our prayers on one specific result – and that result is for God to grant and for us to receive. We’re wrong.

While God can make it possible for an envelope full of cold cash to come by the doorstep of my sister’s house the next day, or a phone call telling her that she has won 5 million Pesos in the lottery, these are not the only solutions that God could think of.

Instead, God may grant a job promotion. Or He may lessen the expenses by preventing family members from getting sick. He may extend help through a generous and selfless family member, friend, or relative. He may bless one of your kids with intelligence and talent that can assure him/her with a schlarship to continue his/her education. Truly, God’s options are endless. It is His work, His ways, and His proper time that prevails.

3. God has  a GREATER PURPOSE.

Christian Adams was a 32 year old Sunday School teacher from the United States. He boarded United Airlines Flight 93 from Newark, New Jersey to San Francisco, California on September 11, 2001. He never got there.

United Flight 93 was one of the four planes used bu hijackers in the terrorist attack of 9/11. However, it was the only plane that did not reach its target – the White House or The Capitol Building. This was because the passengers worked hard, at the final moments of their lives, to thwart the plan of the hijackers. Adams was one of these passengers. Before the plane crashed, he phoned a loved one for the last time. He had a wife and 2 young children.

While his wife had sure prayed and wished that her children would grow up with a father, the events of 9/11 changed everything. 

While it may be true that Adams was a victim of an evil crime against humanity, he left a legacy of selflessness and patriotism that will never be put to waste. Though his children would grow up without his physical presence, the life led by their father would always shine upon them – giving them hope and inspiration. Adams understood that losing life is a part of life. A fairly recent interview from his wife proved to be a testament that she too understood this now more than ever. 

Indeed, when God says no to our prayers, it shouldn’t be taken to mean that He has forsaken us. He just has something bigger, better, and something far greater in store for us. We should consider it a privelege and a test of faith to still be able to follow him even if His answer is NO.

For in our short pilgrimage in this world, we can be sure that He knows better. And it couldn’t be more thrilling!


This devotional entry spoke volumes to me when I read it a long time ago. I hope that you will be inspired by it in the same way that I was.

Taken from THE EXPERIENCE DEVOTIONAL by Henry and Richard Blackbaby:

Just everything in this life is subject to change without notice. Your friends can become your enemy. Your family can be removed from you. Your health can go. You can lose your job. Nothing is guaranteed to remain the same, except one thing. There is one constant, one thing you can count on, now and forever – and that is the unfailing love of God.

There is nothing you can do and no place you can go where God’s love for you is not there. The apostle Paul tried to imagine a way that God’s love would not be available or sufficient. He couldn’t think of one. No matter what your situation is right now, whether you are healthy or suffering from disease, employed or unemployed, on top of the world or feeling like a failure, living the Christian life victoriously or suffering from the consequences of sin, NO MATTER WHAT, God loves you.

God’s love isn’t altered by your cirsumstances. it doesn’t depend on your environment. It is steady and unchanging. Even demons can not stop God from loving you. God is not intimidated by your problems or your flaws. If there is anything that the Bible makes crystal clear, it is that God loves His children. That’s why the psalmist could proclaim with confidence, “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His love endures forever. ”

You may feel at times that God couldn’t possibly love you. You may look at your present circumstances and wonder why a loving God would allow you to go through such difficult times. Always remember that your state of mind is not what determines God’s love. Nor is His love decided by your current situation. God’s love is the one thing in life you can safely count on. Base your security on this one unchanging truth: NOTHING CAN SEPARATE YOU FROM GOD’S LOVE. That’s a promise.

37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.                                  

– Romans 8:37-39