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

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

Even Jesus did not have all his prayers answered as desired. In the Garden of Gethsemane, he asked God to spare him the agonizing death on the cross he knew was coming. He wanted to be spared so desperately that the Bible says that sweat, like large drops of blood, fell to the ground.

God knew that the cross was a necessary step for people’s sins to be wiped clean. So did Jesus. But that did not make the cross any easier to face. God said "no" to this prayer.

Just because we desire something and pray for it does not mean it is the best for us. God knows what is best. We must trust God’s judgment and wisdom.

Just as Jesus said, "not my will but yours be done," so must we — even if we don’t like it. In love, God knows what is best, and that is how God will respond to our prayers.

The Rev. Mark Broadhead is Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church of Crestview’s pastor.

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