God may answer your prayer BETTER
Sometimes you don’t get what you ask for because God has something better in store for you. Ruth Bell Graham, the wife of Billy Graham once said, “If God answered every prayer of mine, I would have married the wrong man seven times!” Sometimes when you ask God for something, He has something better in store for you!
But maybe you’ve been praying a long time, and you haven’t gotten anything better yet–in fact things seem to be getting worse–just wait. God always answers prayer in the way and at the time that it will give Him the greatest glory. My late friend Ron Dunn wrote in his book Don’t Just Stand There, Pray Something: “God answers prayer along the route that brings Him the most glory. And on the way to better, it may pass by worse for awhile.” So don’t stop praying–even if things seem to be worse right now.
God may answer your prayer NO
Sometimes you ask God for something and His answer is simply, “NO.” But that’s still an answer to prayer. Don’t ever stop praying until you hear God say, “No.” At that point, stop making that request and start praying in a different way or that you can really hear what He is saying.
C.S. Lewis wrote, “Prayer is request. The essence of a request, as distinct from a demand, is that it may or may not be granted. And if an infinitely wise Being listens to the requests of finite and foolish creatures, of course He will sometimes grant them and sometimes refuse them…If God had granted all the silly prayers I’ve made in my life, where should I be now?