Monday, July 9, 2018

“The Lord of the universe isn't under obligation to say "yes" to every prayer. That's a good thing considering some of the things we request!”

“A "no" from God really is a "no." It is not a "yes" cached in a "wait" or something like that. In fact...a "no" is quite a useful answer in the growth process if we receive it honestly.” ― Thomas R. Hauff: American author

Gospel Text: (MT 9:18-26)
While Jesus was speaking, an official came forward,
knelt down before him, and said,
“My daughter has just died.
But come, lay your hand on her, and she will live.”
Jesus rose and followed him, and so did his disciples.
A woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him
and touched the tassel on his cloak.
She said to herself, “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.”
Jesus turned around and saw her, and said,
“Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.”
And from that hour the woman was cured.

When Jesus arrived at the official’s house
and saw the flute players and the crowd who were making a commotion,
he said, “Go away! The girl is not dead but sleeping.”
And they ridiculed him.
When the crowd was put out, he came and took her by the hand,
and the little girl arose.
And news of this spread throughout all that land.

Is every petition answered as we wish, as are the petitions of this woman and the official? Some Christians stop offering their petitions to God—or even stop believing in God—when He doesn’t provide the responses they want. But growth in prayer requires the acceptance of God’s “No”'s, and learning through them to trust more deeply His providential Will.

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