31 Days Challenge, Day 18: Blessings in Disguise

31 days prayer challenge

As much as I love it when God answers my prayers with a big “YES”, I have to admit that I probably learn and grow more from those times when His answer is “NO”. Sometimes it’s a “no” because the timing is simply not right, but other times it’s a “no” because He has something even better in store. Either way, it can be hard to accept that “no” when I can’t see the bigger picture and realize that saying “yes” to me right now does not fit into His grander plan for me.

Looking back on certain times when I’ve prayed for a “yes” and received a “no” instead, there are many instances when I–from my current vantage point–am grateful that God did not answer my prayer the way I wanted Him to. From breakups to jobs that I interviewed for but didn’t get, I can now see that He had something better in store for me. There are still some “nos” that I’ve gotten that I still struggle to accept, but I have to keep reminding myself that, like those other “nos” that seemed bad at the time but have turned out for my good, these other “nos” will also one day make sense to me.

One of my current favorite songs is “Blessings” by Laura Story. I think the lyrics sum up quite well just how different those “no” answers may seem when we view them as mercies from God.

“Blessings”

We pray for blessings, we pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
And all the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things

‘Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from Your word is not enough
And all the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe

‘Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not,
This is not our home
It’s not our home

‘Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near

What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise

Writer(s): Laura Mixon Story, Liz Story
Copyright: Story Duke Music, Laura Stories, New Spring Publishing Inc., Warner-tamerlane Publishing Corp.
 

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This post is one in a series on prayer as part of the 31 Days Challenge. Read more posts in the series here.

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