2005-10-15 - Answered Prayer: Not As
How God Answers Prayer - Part 3
Previously, in this series, we learned two ways that God answers prayer are:
Literally and Immediately
He refuses to honor the petition. He says no.
Today we will learn that another way that God answers our prayers is:
By sending something other than requested.
According to Luke's account of Jesus in the Garden, Luke 22:39-44:
Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his
disciples followed him. 40 On reaching the place, he said
to them, "Pray that you will not fall into temptation."
41 He withdrew about a stone's throw beyond them, knelt down
and prayed, 42 "Father, if you are willing, take this cup
from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." 43 An angel
from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44 And
being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops
of blood falling to the ground.
Jesus requested that God take the cup from Him, and God didn't, because the
cup of his sacrifice on the cross was God's purpose for him on Earth at this
Instead of taking the cup from Him, God sent an angel to strengthen Jesus
when he needed it most.
In the same way, God has a purpose for us, and he knows us better than we
know ourselves. He knows what our needs are, and what it will take for us
to persevere. He will send things other than we request to build us up in
Christ and preserve us for His purpose. He will walk us through the trials
and tribulations in our lives. This will strengthen us and build in us the
character of Christ.
According to 2 Corinthians 12:7-12:
To keep me from becoming conceited because of these
surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a
messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded
with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me,
"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's
power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ's sake,
I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in
difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 11 I
have made a fool of myself, but you drove me to it. I ought to have been
commended by you, for I am not in the least inferior to the "super-apostles,"
even though I am nothing. 12 The things that mark an
apostlesigns, wonders and miracleswere done among you with great
As we saw previously with Paul's request for God to remove the thorn in his
flesh, God said that His Grace was sufficient for Paul. You could say that
God sent His grace for Paul instead of sending him the relief that Paul
So we find that God gives us the strength to carry on.
Series to be continued.
God Bless You, My Friends!
I want my life to be for the glory of God