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One of the most frustrating aspects of prayer is that God sometimes, even often says no.  Like little children we have a hard time understanding why God says no.  Let me just share a few times God says no in the Scripture.

–Peter, overwhelmed by the appearance of Moses and Elijah wants to build three shelters and stay on the mountain.–NO

–James and John want God to send down fire on a Samaritan village–NO.

–The mother of James and John want them to have THE places of honor in heaven–NO.

–Paul asks that his thorn in the flesh be removed–NO.

The first three I easily understand, the fourth not so much.  I think prayer more than anything else boils down to trust.   We believe that God hears our requests, considers them and then gives us the answer that brings him the most glory and then secondarily is best for us in the long run.   So as you pray over these 40 days.  See your times of prayer as an invitation to trust.

Under His Mercy,

Derek Dickinson


Journey Christian Church

Fairbanks, Alaska



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