When God Says No
39Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. 40On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.”41He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”43An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. 45When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. 46“Why are you sleeping?”he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”
Reflections on “No”
God’s responses to our prayers:
What does that say about God when He says “no”?
Why would He say “no”?
- Free will
- He has a bigger perspective
- He has a bigger plan
What do I do when God says “no”? How can I deal with that?
Randy Reese is Co-Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC