God sometimes tells us no when we ask him for assistance or intervention on various things. Sometimes the “no” answer is very clear. Sort of like the big ol’ “no” that the ancient prophet Mormon got when he prayed that his people might repent and be spared:
2 But behold, I was without hope, for I knew the judgments of the Lord which should come upon them; for they repented not of their iniquities, but did struggle for their lives without calling upon that Being who created them. (Mormon 5: 2)
It is disappointing to have our petitions turned down by God. And when I say our petitions getting turned down I’m not talking about the situations when we pray for intervention but have no idea if God will actually intervene or not until the desired event happens or doesn’t — I’m talking about the times when we pray and we get the distinct impression that things ain’t gonna go the way we hoped they would. I’m talking about situations like the one Mormon was in as mentioned above. As I said, that sort of answer through revelation can be disappointing (or perhaps even deeply painful at times). But on another level it is glorious. I mean if we receive a clear “no” answer from God it means that the living God just talked to us fer cryin’ out loud. That is always a good thing right? Plus if you pray for something to happen and God says “nope, it ain’t gonna happen” then you have just been given a prophesy. You are a prophet in your own sphere of influence at that moment.
29 And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the LORDâ€™s people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit upon them! (Numbers 11:29)
That is certainly a desirable thing. And on top of all that, if the living God is willing to listen to our request and answer no today, that means he might very well be willing to listen to another request and answer yes tomorrow.
So reckon we should go for yes’s from God and seek to work miracles and change the world for the better. But when we can’t get those yes’s I say be thrilled with getting a no.