Guest Post by Kathleen Wills
This is my first guest post for this blog. Kathleen is a dear friend of many years who attends church with me. From what I have seen, she is having a time of intense study and revelation from God after many years of raising 5 children (which is an amazing task to take on, in my humble opinion). She shared this reflection with me and it was so fitting for today that I asked if I could share it with all of you.
In my prayers today I asked the Lord why he did not answer my need. He gently reminded that the Father had to say NO to Jesus when he prayed in the garden. Jesus had asked not to go to the cross. Three things I noticed about this interaction.
Jesus was holy, righteous and blameless, and yet the Father said no anyway. The Bible says that the Father always answers our prayers; it does not state how he answers our prayers. We can not get in our minds that if only we were better, or more obedient that the Father will have to say yes to our request.
After asking three times, Jesus gracefully accepted the no and stated it was out of love. The Father is not like us; His wisdom and reasoning are so far superior to ours. So we can see that if the Father says no to our petition, He does it out of love and our best interest. Like Jesus we must learn to accept the Father’s no with love and trust.
The Father said no so that we would have salvation; there is a REASON the Father says no to our requests and its for our own GOOD. Even if we can not understand it now, and may never understand it in this life.
One final thought: Jesus asked not to go through the trial of the cross, which I can fully understand. He knew how painful it would be. Oh, how it must have hurt the Father to say no to His beloved son, but He said no anyway. He knows how painful our trials are, too. So let us walk through our trials in faith, knowing that the Father loves us and will always do what is best for us, even if He has to say no.
Hebrews 12:2: Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Thank you, Kathleen. I pray that this Holy Week finds all of you in the midst of a fresh experience of God’s forgiveness, mercy, and love for us. May our love and devotion be stronger than ever before as we consider all that He has done for us.
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