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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - BILLY GRA­HAM Write to Billy Gra­ham in care of Billy Gra­ham Evan­ge­lis­tic As­so­ci­a­tion, 1 Billy Gra­ham Park­way, Char­lotte, N.C. 28201 or visit the web­site at

DEAR REV. GRA­HAM: When you ask God to do some­thing for you, but then noth­ing hap­pens, does that mean He’s giv­ing you a def­i­nite “no,” and you shouldn’t keep both­er­ing Him about it?

— D.McG. DEAR D.McG.: We should never think that we are “both­er­ing” God when we turn to Him in prayer! God loves us, and just as par­ents take de­light in their child’s first words, so God takes de­light in the prayers of His chil­dren. Je­sus said, “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your chil­dren, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:11).

Does this mean God never says “no” to our re­quests? Of course not — and the rea­son is be­cause He knows far bet­ter than we do what is best for us. Of­ten I’ve looked back over some of the prayers I’ve made, in which I was ask­ing God to do some­thing that at the time I thought was best. But later I re­al­ized it wasn’t for the best — and I’m thank­ful God cared enough about me to say “no” (or some­times “wait”).

Never for­get: If God didn’t love us, there wouldn’t be much point in us even pray­ing or ask­ing Him to help us. But He does love us — and the proof is that He sent His only Son into the world to make our sal­va­tion pos­si­ble. And even now Je­sus Christ is in Heaven, and “he al­ways lives to in­ter­cede for them” (He­brews 7:25).

Do you know Christ? Have you com­mit­ted your life to Him — clearly and def­i­nitely? Open your heart and life to Him to­day — and then thank Him that you can come to Him and seek His perfect will in your prayers.

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