“At that time I pleaded with the Lord: ‘O Sovereign Lord, you have begun to show to your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For what god is there to heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty works you do? Let me go over and see the good land beyond the Jordan—-that fine hill country and Lebanon.’ But because of your the Lord was angry with me and would not listen to me. . ‘That is enough,’ The Lord said. ‘Do not speak to me anymore about this matter. God up to the top of Pisgah and look west and north and south and east. Look at the land with your own eyes, since you are not going to cross this Jordan.’” (Deuteronomy 3:23-27)
God say, “No,” to some of our petitions. Moses’ request had been blocked by sin (Numbers 20:6-12). Once God speaks, His word remain unalterable. God’s “No” to a prayer request does not mean He does not forgive us or accept us as His saved people.
It means we must accept some earthly consequences of sin even when the sin no longer separates us from God. A divine, “No,” does not end our prayer life. It does call us to accept His answer and continue our fellowship with Him.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, the lesson from Deuteronomy today teaches us that we are to continue our relationship with You, even when You tell us “No” to a request. Sin had separated Moses and Aaron from God, because of a lack of faith in God doing as He said He would do. Abba, we believe in Your Word and we believe in the relationship that we have with You and we believe that You will do exactly has You have said You would do. You are our God and there is no other. Guide us always in Your ways and let Your will be done, as is necessary for our benefit. All this we pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“The Bible isn’t antique or modern, it is eternal.”
“Surely the arm of he Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” (Isaiah59:1–2)
Beloved sin separates us from God and blocks His answers to our prayer requests.
The honest prayer of repentance removes the hindrances to answered prayer. However, as in the case with Moses, the sin he committed of not trusting God completely, kept him from entering into the Promised Land. God allowed him to see the land from atop a hill, but he was not allowed to enter. Forgiveness of our sins, does not mean we not held accountable from them, but it does mean our relationship with God is restored.
“Prayer, Hindrances”: (Malachi 2:11-14)
Two offenses prevented God from accepting the offerings of the people—-marriage to a pagan and divorce. A right spirit, not an emotional outpouring, would make the offerings acceptable. Family relationships greatly affect our prayer life. Giving or ceremonial worship does not remove the necessity for right living, including respect within families. The holiness of God means unforgiven sin separates us from Him. Israel thought nothing of divorcing wives who had long been faithful for younger, more attractive foreigners. Then they entered worship and expected God to hear their prayers and accept their gifts. God refused. We must find forgiveness of sin before we can worship the holy God.
Second Thought of the Day:
“As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. Jesus did not let him, but said, ‘Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord had done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.’” (Mark 5:18–19)
Here again, some prayers receive an answer of “no.” As worthy as the desire to stay with Jesus was, Jesus had a higher purpose for the former demoniac. Prayer leads us to follow God’s will to achieve His purposes.
Jesus’ miraculous healing of Legion, casting the demons out of him, was a powerful demonstration of the grace of God. Graces is the unmerited blessing, the gift of God’s overflowing love to one who does not deserve it and has no grounds for asking for it. Jesus Himself was the instrument of healing for the man, but He told him that the blessing that came to him was mercy from the Lord. Then, He sent him to tell and show his family, friends, and neighbors, what the Lord had done for him through His mercy.