When God Says No: Duane W.H. Arnold, PhD

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11 Responses

  1. Michael says:

    Long time readers know that prayer has vexed me for decades.
    I no longer allow it do do so…I simply believe the conclusion you come to here.
    It’s about following Him when He takes you places you may or may not want to go…and believing that He does so out of love.

  2. Duane Arnold says:


    Sometimes following is all we can do…

  3. Officerhoppy says:

    This is such a good perspective of prayer.

  4. Em says:

    Over the years, realizing that my prayer had to line up with God’s will was a hard truth to accept, BUT….
    I’ve also come to realize that Faith allows our God to give us the strength to go through
    Thankful that God has kept Michael N. among us…..

  5. Michael says:

    This is a difficult subject to engage as there have been so many wretched teachings on the subject that people find it hard to hear reality.
    I’ve seen answered prayer…ain’t no way I should be doing as well as I am now after the surgery.
    By the same token, I’ve been crushed repeatedly by silence and “no”.
    I am content to know I’m where I’m supposed to be…most of the time.

  6. Michael says:

    While I’m at it…I think George Muellers writing are Christian fiction and hagiography…

  7. Duane Arnold says:


    I’ve seen prayers answered, I’ve seen prayers delayed and, it appears, that some are denied. Prayer is a mystery that is wrapped up in the mystery of God. Most of us don’t really like mysteries. We would rather have a fully explained system…

  8. BrideofChrist says:

    Duane, I really, really appreciate this article. I’ve spent much of my life in prayer, and yet it truly remains a mystery to me. I would love to see more of your insights on this subject. I know full well that God’s answers to my prayers may be “No”. Sometimes this realization is helpful and sometimes it actually causes me to wonder if I should even be praying about something at all. It’s easier to read Scripture or listen to a sermon than it is to pray for me. Yet prayer has often been an important and transformative spiritual experience for me resulting in leaps of spiritual growth.I think that Bible study, good teaching , and prayer must all be working in tandem for this to happen.

  9. Duane Arnold says:


    I can only speak for myself, but in a certain sense I view prayer as a conversation. Certain conversations do not merely inform us, they shape us. They allow us to see matters from a different perspective. As we are shaped and allowed to view matters differently, we gain a degree of understanding. Now, I’d like to say that this happens to me every time I pray, but it doesn’t! Just as really great conversations can sometimes be few and far between. By following, however, we are more likely to be in that place where they do…

  10. Em says:

    B of C and Dr. Duane…. AMEN!

  11. Em says:

    hagiography |ˌhagēˈägrəfē; ˌhāgē-|
    the writing of the lives of saints.
    • derogatory adulatory writing about another person.
    • a biography idealizing its subject.

    cuz i didn”t know 🙂

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