"Does God always give us what we ask in prayer?"
Sometimes His answer is no. He knows what we do not know. He knows everything and His negative answer is part of His plan for our lives.
My life is but a weaving, between my God and me.
I do not choose the colors, He worketh steadily.
Ofttimes He weaveth sorry, and I in foolish pride,
Forget He sees the upper, and I the underside.
Not till the loom is silent and the shuttles cease to fly,
Will God unroll the canvas and explain the reason why.
The dark threads are as needful in the skillful Weaver's hand,
As the threads of gold and silver in the pattern He has planned.
I know, O Lord, that Thy judgments are right, and that in faithfulness Thou hast afflicted me.
Lord, it is hard to accept a negative answer, but keep us humble enough, patient enough, faithful enough to trust. Thank You that You always answer our prayers in Your way with a yes or a no. How good it is to know that You never make a mistake.
~ From Each New Day by Corrie Ten Boom