J. Gerald Harris, Editor, The Christian Index
READ I Kings 19:4
If you and your family are vacationing in Florida and your children ask you if they can go swimming in a lake potentially infested with alligators and you answered with a resounding “No,” you have given your answer. In other words, “No” is an answer. Sometimes God says, “No” in answer to our prayers.
Elijah was the lone wolf of God. He dared to confront hundreds of Baal’s prophets on Mount Carmel in a spiritual showdown. There was a contest between Elijah and these false prophets to prove whether Baal or Jehovah was the true God. The prophets of Baal tried in vain to pray down fire from heaven to consume the sacrifice on the altar. They failed ingloriously.
But when Elijah prayed heaven responded by sending down a consuming fire that proved that Jehovah was God and that there was none other like unto him. After than incredible experience Elijah sat down under a juniper tree and prayed that God would take his life. God said, “No”. Interestingly, Elijah never did die. II Kings 2:11 indicates that Elijah went up into heaven in a whirlwind without experiencing death.
I am glad that God has sometimes said “no” to my prayers. If He had not I would have been married to the wrong girl at least three times. Since God is omniscient we should be as grateful for His denials as we are for His direct answers to our prayers.
Beloved heavenly Father, I acknowledge that You know what is best for me; and that when I walk with You, Your denials are for my good. Grant me the grace to accept Your denials knowing that as a loving Father You have my best interests at heart. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
I am glad that God has sometimes said “no” to my prayers. Read more on the @Real_Momentum App