I know it is hard for some people to believe that God really listens to prayer. I mean if you think about it how does it happen that God can hear each and every prayer said, thought, breathed by every praying person every second of every day? Reminds me of that scene from Bruce Almighty when the main character hears all the prayers instantly, all at once. Is that what God hears?
That part will remain a mystery for us.
All of the logistics aside, prayer works. I am living proof. I have people, love, and other things in my life that are all answers to prayer. I can sit here for hours and tell you all the things, it would take a long time. Each one is just as miraculous as the other. Each one an answer to a precise prayer I uttered from my mouth to God and some unspoken ones in times of sadness when I did not have the words. You will say, sure sure. Maybe you believe me. Maybe you do not.
Once I realized that God has answered so many prayers I was humbled. When I look back over the past years I can see where things that happened would not have been possible. It was God. I did nothing but followed what I knew to be the right thing or what I believed to be the best thing at the time.
Now I can hear you already. See it was you, you made the decisions. Well, sure. I believe that God presented the opportunities and I had the choice to accept it or not.
The thing is that faith is trusting even when you feel you can’t. Trusting that God is in control. Then being thankful.
The other side to this is sometimes we pray for things to happen or not happen that God does not intend for us. We have to accept that on faith too. Remember God knows our future. He knows where we are going. That thing, person, job or whatever that we really want may not be what God has in his plans for us. Sometimes the best things that happen to us are the unanswered prayers. Despite the feeling of being let down we have to trust God. Look at the blessings and be thankful.
Until you experience a truly answered prayer for yourself you will either believe me or think I am crazy. Either one is ok with me. I will still pray for you.