“Not Yet” is “Yes” - just wait, and it will come.
“Maybe” means what? If it is not yes or no, God will do what? Maybe it is “yes to part” and “no to part”?
Yes and No are the only answers to prayers. Yes, if the prayer is in God’s will, no if it is not.
Why are we told to “pray without ceasing”? Why doesn’t the Bible say, “Pray just once and move on?”
That’s what I’d like to know.
Why is praying for 18 years distasteful to you?
Why would a father dangle something one is asking for and playing “keep away” until they’ve done enough praying for it?
Why would a father require his child to beg for what they’re needing? Should I demand my boy to beg multiple times before I say yes to his needs? I would be a bad father if I did that!
Would you not pray for 18 years for something?
Hearing “no” after a certain amount of time will lead me to stop praying for that, since it must clearly not be in his will.
Our years are nothing to God.
Precisely. God does not care about how much we suffer.
The question comes across as “Give me what I want when I want it.”
No. My question comes across as: why don’t God just say “wait 18 years.”
Fine, his timeframe is unchangeable and so is his will. If the answer is “no” then there is no benefit to praying further for that item. God is not changing his mind!
What if she prayed for 40 years and NEVER got the answer?
This is worse.
Either she is stubborn and trying to force God to change his will, or God is just playing some horrific psychological torture. How is this not “keep away”?
God is supposed to be “Daddy” (Abba) - who loves us and cares for us.
Not some guy who demands us to beg and grovel for huge amounts of things for what we need. I get it. We’re nothing but worthless specks of dust to him. But sheesh, this is totally not acting like a father, but more like a bully doing the “keep away”.
Just let us know “yes” or “no” so we can say “OK, we move on.”
I get it. God is not a vending machine. I’m not advocating that. If God says no, ok, that is not changing. God doesn’t always give us what we need.