ROOTED - Friday, June 10, 2022


Answered Prayer

 

 

God answers prayer. Sometimes “Yes,” sometimes “No,” sometimes “Wait.”  We are grateful for the “yes”; we tend to suffer from impatience with the “wait.”  The “no” we simply don’t like.


Luke 22:41-42  ESV

And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” 

 

Reflection

Jesus prayed to God the Father, asking that if there was any other way, to please allow Him not to suffer crucifixion and death. But even with such a passionate prayer, Jesus submitted his request to God’s will. What happened? Jesus was crucified. Why? Jesus prayed that it would not have to happen. But God, in His infinite wisdom, love, and power, knew that Jesus’ sacrifice and death was the ONLY perfect sacrifice that could take away the sins of the world. Thank God for not taking the cup away. Today’s takeaway is when God tells us “no” to our prayerful request. It is because He has something better. A better way, a better blessing, a blessing of protection, a blessing based on the same infinite wisdom, love, and power that He expressed when He sent His Son to die for you. Trust Him, and praise Him, even when He says “no.” Wait expectantly to see what His plan is. He is FOR YOU; He is not against you! Let your prayer of request always be framed with the faith that says, “Not my will, but yours be done.”

 

Prayer

Father, thank you for your sacrifice of the death of your Son. Thank you for the ultimate sacrifice of the Perfect Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world. Forgive us when we fail to thank you for answered prayer. Forgive us when we are impatient in waiting for delayed answers. But Father, most grievously, forgive us when we doubt you when we question your love and faithfulness. Forgive us when we think we know what’s best for our lives rather than trusting you. Teach us faith in your “no’s.” Remind us that Your will is a perfect will. Remind us of your promise to use all things for our good. Remind us that when you say, “no”, you have something even better in-store. In the name of Jesus, who gave His life, according to Your will, for our sins, we ask this prayer. Amen.