FROM THE PULPIT: With prayers, hearing 'no' may be best

Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 01:44 PM.

Are your prayers like a long laundry list of things you want God to take care of for you?

For instance, "God, please do this … heal so-and-so, take this problem away from me, let my team win, let me win the lottery."

And how often does God answer your prayers exactly the way you want?

Some prayers are answered beautifully. But some people think that no matter how something is prayed, God is not listening, or at least not understanding what is being petitioned.

When this happens, those people get peeved.

A growing segment of the population cannot accept "no" as an answer to anything, even if it's a petition put before God. If a person hears "no," reactions can range from mere grumbling on one end of the spectrum, to an avowed statement that God must not exist at the other end of the spectrum.

Just because we believe something should happen a certain way, or that we should be granted a particular favor, doesn’t mean it is the most appropriate and beneficial way God should answer.

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