Then God Said, “No”
And Abraham said to God, “Oh, that Ishmael might live before You!” Then God said: “No.”
Recommended Reading – Romans 4:16-22
Abraham once asked God for something special. He wanted Ishmael to be the “son of promise” through whom the prophecies of redemption would be fulfilled. Abraham knew God had promised to multiply his descendants in a way that would bring salvation to the world. The real meaning of Abraham’s request in Genesis 17:18 was that Ishmael would live before God in the fulfillment of those promises. But God said no. He had a better plan. He was preparing for the birth of Isaac and for the establishment of the Jewish nation as progenitors of the Messiah.
Stormie Omartian wrote, “Praising and worshiping God doesn’t guarantee that our prayers will be answered exactly the way we pray them. That doesn’t happen to anyone all the time … prayer is not telling God what to do. It’s sharing our heart and making our requests known to Him. He then answers in accordance with His will.”1
If God says no, there is a reason.
If your prayers haven’t been answered, it doesn’t mean they won’t be answered. In fact, they may already have been answered, but just not the way you wanted or expected them to be.
1Stormie Omartian, The Prayer That Changes Everything (Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 2004), 216.