A theologian said God’s resources are so unimaginably vast that no matter how much you take, you cannot in the least reduce the sum of them.
So when God says “no,” it is NOT because He doesn’t have. It may be the request is bad (like a baby who demands more ice cream than is good for him: “I WANT!”). Or it may
be that His “no” is really “wait.” God wants to build patience and character in us, so He doesn’t respond instantly.
Jesus is unflinchingly unequivocal: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you — Matt. 7:7 NIV. A resounding “yes!” will greet every request. But He doesn’t say when.
I track the success rate of my prayer requests. Sometimes I downright dumbfounded: everything I asked for. I asked for more students in the school where I teach, and He answered. I asked for finances f
or my church, and He answered. I asked for a certain troubled youth to come around to Jesus, and He answered.
You may think prayer is for grannies who have nothing better to do. I think prayer is greater efficiency than spinning your wheels in sand. At your disposal is unlimited wealth. You can only exploit it by praying.