Psalm 84:11 says: "No good thing will He withhold from those that walk uprightly." So if you are walking uprightly and asking God for something and He hasn't yet delivered, it either isn't truly "good" (for you or others) in His eyes, or it isn't time. That is difficult for us to understand. But often His "no" is for our protection or for a greater good that we may not see this side of heaven. That is truly where your faith comes into play.

When we are convinced that God is good and loving regardless of what He does, and He can be trusted with whatever He decides, then we will know how to pray and how to receive His answer — whether it is “yes,” “no,” or “not yet.”

Cindi McMenamin is a national speaker and author of a dozen books, including Letting God Meet Your Emotional Needs, When a Woman Overcomes Life's Hurts, and When Women Walk Alone (more than 100,000 copies sold). For more on her books, speaking ministry, or free resources to strengthen your walk with God, visit her website:

Publication date: June 25, 2013