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When No Means Yes

Encouraging Prayer / James Banks
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October 23, 2021 12:00 pm

When No Means Yes

Encouraging Prayer / James Banks

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October 23, 2021 12:00 pm

If we keep going and keep trusting God, that's when we'll begin to understand more of His goodness and faithfulness even though we didn't receive what we asked.

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Hi, I met my cohost Breanna Michael Paul and I liked on Mormonism to be brighter than we were told to join us for discussions about our journeys Mormon to Jesus chosen should never start just enjoying sharing most of thinking for listening to The Truth Podcast Network and hear more from Pastor James by visiting the website. James Banks got a large, or by visiting these church in Durham, North Carolina. May God bless you and encourage you in encouraging prayer, God offers open imitation for his people to talk with him anytime about anything encouraging prayer Dr. James Banks selling many other books on prayer provides weekly insight help you learn to mom and now no means yes God are on answered prayer doesn't feel like that when you're going through.

After all, how can you know things are going to get better later on when that thing that you praying about maybe something really important to you is going to work out like you that's not easy, so true because Stanley really have to walk by faith right. Maybe in ways that we really never have before. Yet that's right we do that if we keep going and keep trusting God. That's when will begin to understand more of his goodness and faithfulness. Even though we didn't receive. There's an incident in the New Testament that underscores this John foretells about a day when Jesus went back to Galilee and when he came back. A lot of people I heard about is turning water into wine and some miracle she had done in Jerusalem. So we, like us. Local boy makes good and they want to see them do something else in this manner, a royal official comes up to Jesus and Kip traveled a ways to get there all the way from Capernaum and he begs him to heal his son who is really sick and at first, Jesus sat down really hard in response an inverse for 48 because unless you people see signs and wonders, you will never believe it. Can you imagine how the man must've felt when he heard now.

I almost lost made that trip all that way for nothing he could see exactly what Jesus wasn't just saying that to the man he was saying it to the crowd.

So the man tells Jesus that his son is about to die and then Jesus turns to him and says go, your son will live. Now it's over days walk to Capernaum where this official lived and he starts home and John tells us that the man took Jesus at his word and then went on this way. But it's over days walk so you can imagine that had to be hard just trusting Jesus step by step in and all he has to go on is what he said to him, asked Jesus to come to his home in healing doesn't really know Jesus, so you can imagine he could think Jesus was just telling him his son was healed to get rid of them may naturally be easy to say that certain experience that all of us and think that way right. He believed Jesus right still on the way home the next day service meet them and they give them the good news and only son was healed. The moment Jesus said he would be an interesting about this.

The man didn't get what he was asking for. In one sense he was asking for Jesus to come to his homeland and help her son, but the end result is that he gets to see how great Jesus really is all he has to do is say the word son is healed and everyone in his family ends up believing in him.

As a result, I think it was more than that because later there someone else from from Capernaum. It's the centurion who has a servant who sick and he comes to Jesus and he says just say the word and help you Jesus that I haven't seen such breakable Jerusalem so what you see here is that sometimes God says no do one thing in order to show something even better trying because the man was asking for son to be healed, but he ends up with a healed son and a transformed life exactly the thing we don't want to miss him in all of this is the way the man was thinking when you're facing something like he did the potential death of the child is all-consuming and and you know you we don't want to downplay that in the least, but what he did as if he chooses to trust Jesus even though he doesn't know for sure how things are going to work out. I mean, that's our truly takes minutes word cerise basically believes that these what he has what he said is going to happen right so what you see is that Jesus becomes the main thing here, trusting him resting in his work in The key lesson for the when we pray, or are we willing to trust him even if we don't get exactly what were asking for is there room in our request and are asking to just rest in him again just trusting Martin Luther who said that when God doesn't answer requests and silvery awesome answers in gold sometimes don't get exactly what you're asking for.

But if we keep hoping see his kindness and some amazing lines and that brings us full circle to where we started. We pray no really can be yeah that's what happened here. Yes, God is still good. Yes, we will see his greatness and his kindness in ways we never thought of.

I think of what you know we went through. As we pray for a prodigal son and for years it seemed like nothing was happening and no answer was coming and things were just getting worse but in the end we got to see that God was preparing us to encourage others who work going through the same struggles with their own kids to me just today before the interview. I got to tell you how I received a copy of prayers for your children what one of my books written right after Krista prodigal's in Chinese. You know only God could have done that. I know that that's been answer to some extent on your heart for a long time just absolutely amazing yeah it is. And this new addition Krista prodigal's going to be released next year and I'm just so thankful for what God has done and you know I never thought that that would be part of result of our son, our prayers for her son when he was prodigal Pratt so you know, again, I'm just thankful and that's the point I think we really need to make. God has answers to our prayers that we never thought of. That's the way it was for the man who came to Jesus that day and that's the way it will be for us if we keep trusting and keep believing he is good and keep loving him even when the answers were asking for don't seem to come will see then that he himself is the best answer because it gives us more of himself and will be blessed because of you got silver, gold, and some thanks James.

Let's pray for our listeners as we wrap this up to Jesus. Thank you for everybody listening and for the prayers that there there there wondering about Lord we we see how good you are in this and we can see wow there could be even more than we ever hoped that that you're doing so Lord help us to just trust and believe and and and rest). I ask this in Jesus name we pray you all so in your name. Hear more from Pastor James by visiting the website James or by visiting these church in Durham, North Carolina. May God bless you and encourage you to pray hear more from Pastor James by visiting the website James or by visiting these church in Durham, North Carolina. May God bless you and encourage you to pray, say what would you do if you were a new Christian and you didn't have a Bible like a Woolworth byway from the Bible, the international you probably say well it happened my car and go to Christian bookstore or have one shipped to me with those word options say with the faith. I mean I need to know what it means to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus, you know, you would pray that someone, anyone would bring you a Bible. That's exactly the way it is for literally Christians around the world are part of our spiritual family there new to the faith they want to know what it means to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus but God has them planning where it's very difficult to access the Bible and that's why the Truth Network and Bible league of teamed up to sing God's word to 3500 Bible as believers around the globe. Our campaign is called the world needs the word five dollars in survival $100 since 20. Every gift matched make your most generous gift by calling 800 yes word 800 why ESW ORD 800 yes word or give a Truth

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