Greatest Salesman Month 10
In Scroll 10, Og Mandino poses a prayer for guidance and makes the statement that the prayer is always answered. He uses the analogy that a son asks his father for bread and it is not provided, that would be the answer of "No"
We might think that there are three answers to a request:
- Yes - The request is granted right now.
- No - The request will never be granted.
- Not Yet - The request will be granted at some point in the future.
Both Og's interpretation and the "logical" one above fail to agree with Jesus' own interpretation in Matthew 7:8-10
8 For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened. 9 Or what man is there of you who, if his son shall ask of him a loaf of bread, will give him a stone; 10 and if he ask a fish, will give him a serpent?
Jesus' half brother, James, adds some clarification.
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
And about answered prayer in general:
From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? 2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.