Pastor Tim Romero
Deuteronomy 3:23–26 (ESV): "23 "And I pleaded with the Lord at that time, saying, 24 'O Lord God, you have only begun to show your servant your greatness and your mighty hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as yours? 25 Please let me go over and see the good land beyond the Jordan, that good hill country and Lebanon.' 26 But the Lord was angry with me because of you and would not listen to me. And the Lord said to me, 'Enough from you; do not speak to me of this matter again."
Kids are relentless at times. They can hardly take no for an answer. Sometimes we can be like that with God but know this He doesn't take kindly to us badgering Him.
During the forty-year wander, Moses tirelessly endured the bellyaching of the Children of Israel. They complained against him as if he was the one running the show. When they complained about water a second time God told Moses to speak to the Rock and it would bring forth water but Moses had had it with them and struck the Rock, who was to be a picture of Jesus. God told Moses because he had done this he would not enter the Promised Land. He knew he would miss out on great things so he asked the Lord, "God please let me go in" and the Lord said, "enough, the answer is no."
There is the reality that we have not because we ask not. However, there is also the other reality that we have not because we ask amiss (Jas 4:2-3). Our hearts should always be, "Your will be done, Lord." When God says "no", it's for good reason. I do find it interesting that Moses would eventually stand in the Promised Land, with Jesus and Elijah (Matt 17:3), just not while he was in the flesh. Perhaps there is something we can learn from that. It might be "no" in the imperfect body but perhaps "yes" in the perfect body. Don't badger God with requests for your will to be done. When He says no be ok with it, He has something else in mind for you.
Father, we thank You for the privilege it is to pray to You. What a wonderful gift we have. Let us use it frequently but diligently. It's not meant for us to use as a means of getting what we want but through it to be transformed into only what You want. Help us to transform as we beckon Your throne room of grace we pray in Jesus name, amen!