“No.” The last word we want to hear may be our greatest need. This poem explains why God often answers this way: 

I asked God to take away my pride and God said no. He said it wasn’t His to take away, but for me to give up.

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole and God said no. He said her spirit is whole; her body is only temporary.

I asked God to grant me patience and God said no. He said patience is the by-product of tribulation; it isn’t granted but earned.

I asked God to give me happiness and God said no. He said He gives blessings; happiness is up to me.

I asked God to spare me pain and God said no. He said suffering draws me apart from my cares and brings me closer to Him.

I asked God to make me grow and God said no. He said I must grow on my own, but He would prove me to make me fruitful.

I asked God if He loved me and God said yes. He gave me His only Son to die and I will be in Heaven someday because I believe.

I asked God to help me love others as much as He loves me. He said, “You finally have the idea.” —Author unknown

Ask God to help you pray in His will today.

Prayer is the product of a humble heart, a believing heart, and a heart renewed by grace. I pray that the Lord will give us a heart to pray. — C.H. Spurgeon

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.