Bobbi Kristina Brown died just two days before my birthday. She had been on life support for approximately three months. This was after she was found unconscious in her bathtub and was hospitalized. Undoubtedly, this must have been a tough time for her family. Numerous prayer requests went up to God from her friends and family. Additionally, people from across the nation, who never even met her, were praying for her as well—even those who aren’t Christians. With so many people praying, many thought she would recover. And as such, many may have lost faith in God when she didn’t.
God Does Answer Prayers
On the 26th of July, 2015, Bobbi Kristina died. Does this mean that God doesn’t answer prayers? No. First John 5:14 says, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us.” Take note of these two words, “His Will.” Sometimes what we ask for isn’t in accordance with His will. We might not understand, but we have to trust that His will and plan for our lives, and that of our family, is far better than ours.
God has three responses to our prayer requests. Yes. No. Wait. A lot of times we pray for something and get it soon after. Yet, at other times, we pray for months or years before we get our heart’s desire. That’s when God is telling us to wait. Then, there are those times when we pray and God’s answer to our prayer is a resounding “No.” We don’t like to hear that response; nevertheless, it’s still a response. If our request is not in our best interest, He’ll say no. Also, if our requests are just to satisfy our selfish pleasures, He’ll say no. “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures” (James 4:3).
Remember that above all things God wants us to prosper and be in good health (3 John 1:2). He will not withhold anything good from us. Then God says in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil … ”
The death of a loved one is hard to deal with, but it becomes manageable when we trust in God. Friends, family, and fans of Bobbi Kristina, trust in God and allow Him to take care of you. Don’t lose faith in Him. Instead, be confident in the fact that He loves you, and will bring you comfort.
What is your prayer experience with God like?