Have you prayed for something and God said no? We all have (if we are honest). We have all prayed for something or someone, and the outcome is not what we wanted or expected. The truth is, if when we come to God with our prayers and expect Him to work the outcome in the way we want, we treat God like He is a vending machine. Prayer isn’t transactional, it is relational. It isn’t about getting what we want, it’s about getting God.
Sometimes we get a no, that is true. But that does not mean that God is displeased with you. His no is often the kindest possible answer He can give to you. Throughout the Bible, we see God say no to heroes of the faith; David, Paul, and even Jesus. But look at how God not only blessed them, but used them. So if you get a no from God, you are in good company.
Join Candace and Tara-Leigh as they share vulnerable moments about their life through this conversation around prayer and hearing no from God.
In this episode, you will hear Candace and Tara-Leigh discuss:
- The difference between a transactional prayer and a relational prayer.
- When Jesus got a no from the Father and how important that moment is to understand when it comes to your prayer life and relationship with Him.
- How no is often God’s kindest possible answer, and often the answer we are grateful for in hindsight.
- What the landscape of Candace’s prayers look like.
- The moment that Candace recognized divorce was a no from God (through an honest conversation with her kids).
Scripture Memory of the Season:
1 John 5:1-5 (CSB) Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father also loves the one born of him. This is how we know that we love God’s children; when we love God and obey His commands. For this is what love for God is: to keep His commands. And His commands are not a burden, because everyone who has been born of God conquers the world. This is the victory that has conquered the world: our faith. Who is the one who conquers the world, but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?