When God Says “No”

SSP Prayer Bulletin Reflection
January 28, 2015


“And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.”                         Colossians 1:18

     他 也 是 教 會 全 體 之 首。他 是 元 始,是 從 死 裡 首 先 復 生 的,使 他 可 以 在 凡 事 上 居 首 位                                                   歌 羅 西 書 1:18

The life of Jesus provides the model for our prayer lives since He is the head/leader of the Church. God is seeking to mold us into the image of His Son. If we are to act like Christ, our prayer lives must be conformed to His. Many Christians are unwilling to pay the price that Jesus paid when it comes to interceding with God. Jesus prayed early in the morning and all night and His prayers came with vehement cries and tears and, “because of His godly fear,” he was heard by the Father (Hebrews 5:7).

Why then did the Father refuse His request? It wasn’t due to any sin in Jesus’ life, nor was it because the Father did not love His Son. The Father said no, despite the unfathomable love He had for His Son, because He know He could not spare His Son and save a world. Likewise, the Lord cannot always spare you and your family and complete His redemptive work in those around you. Remember Pastor Justin Fung’s pulpit message last Sunday (Jan. 25th)? We ought to examine the grounds we’re on and to take root, not just serving the Lord in the Church but especially in areas where we are placed.

Are you then willing for God to deny your pleadings? Will you intercede with the Father so deeply and intimately that even in the midst of your tears you are able to say, “Nevertheless, not my will but thine be done?” The Father will always relate to you out of the context of His love for a lost world. Has God said no to one of your requests recently? Accept His answer. Have you been learning obedience through what you have been suffering? If you have, God may choose to make you a source of salvation to others even as He did with His Son.

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