I want to always remember that when Jesus says no to my prayers, it may be because He has something MUCH GRANDER in store.
Mark, chapter 5
18 “As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon possessed begged to go with him. 19 But Jesus said, “No, go home to your family, and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been.” 20 So the man started off to visit the Ten Towns of that region and began to proclaim the great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed at what he told them.”
I read somewhere that historians account the beginning of Christendom in this region to this demon-possessed man. Apparently, he DID go back and tell the great things Jesus did! Imagine his reward in heaven!
John, chapter 9:
5 “So although Jesus loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, 6 he stayed where he was for the next two days.”
Jesus said ‘no’ to His dear friends Martha and Mary. He was willing to accept the fact that they would be hurt, disappointed, disillusioned, all those things…..
He would wait on His Heavenly Father for the incredible work that would be done!
So as I listen and watch for Jesus’ guidance in my life today, I want to be committed to:
- not be discouraged if I feel like He’s saying ‘no’ to me, knowing that He has something much better in store!
- to be like Jesus, only looking for direction from above, and not be influenced by what others may think of what I do or do not do.