Yes, No or Wait – Are These the Possible Answers to our Prayers?

From the book, Cracks in the Foundation.

The Answer to Your Prayer Will be Yes, No or Wait

The Background of this Phrase

This is not a specific scripture passage, but is a common saying in Christianity.

The Positive

James 4:3 says this: “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.” Here is an example where the answer to prayer is no. There are other situations where the answer is delayed because there is a special timing for its manifestation.

The Crack

We will have a crack in our spiritual foundation if we do not have confidence that our prayers will be answered. I John 5:14,15 says we are to have assurance of answered prayer because of a knowing of the will of God. Effective prayer is based largely on God’s promises. “For all the promises of God in Him (Jesus) are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us” (2 Corinthians 1:20). Faith believes we receive the answer at the time of prayer. “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them” (Mark 11:24). Our belief that we have the answer to our prayer before seeing it is the key to seeing it. If we think that each of our prayers could have a “no” or “wait” answer, then we will be unable to “believe before we see,” and we will constantly be passive in prayer (because we will conclude that unchanging circumstances are God’s “no” or God’s “wait”).

Concluding Thoughts

The immature Christian will have more no answers to prayer because of a lack of knowledge of God’s will. The key thing to remember is this: we cannot conclude that the lack of seeing the answer to prayer means that God has said “no” or “wait.” To do so would create a huge crack in our faith foundation that would rob us from the experience of knowing that we have things before they have manifested.