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How Does God Answer Your Prayers?


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It's really easy to miss answers to our prayers sometimes. Some are very obvious, but sometimes I think it's a matter of optimism and faith. 

I was terrified of a procedure I was having this week and had not gone under general anesthesia in decades - not since I became a mom. I was really worried about complications. We got to the hospital and when we sat down in the waiting room, I was thinking I would try to meditate and pray silently, but this rude guy got on his phone and talked loudly for 20 minutes or so, having a full on argument with the person. I hoped he would be quiet soon, but he wouldn't stop, so I tried to pray for comfort anyway. I couldn't even hear myself think and felt really frustrated, but then I started to find the situation comical, started documenting the conversation for friends, and suddenly realized I felt better. I wasn't scared anymore and I felt confirmation that I was going to be OK. 

I shared this story and a unbeliever told me my view was silly - that God didn't have anything to do with it. 

It's all how you look at it. I received help and Heavenly Father knew how to comfort me. The funniest part was when the guy acknowledged he was in a waiting room, stayed on the phone anyway, mentioned again that he was in a waiting room, and told the person if people were paying attention to him, then they were being inappropriate. 😂He was yelling! 

How does God answer your prayers? 

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1 hour ago, MorningStar said:

It's really easy to miss answers to our prayers sometimes. Some are very obvious, but sometimes I think it's a matter of optimism and faith. 

I was terrified of a procedure I was having this week and had not gone under general anesthesia in decades - not since I became a mom. I was really worried about complications. We got to the hospital and when we sat down in the waiting room, I was thinking I would try to meditate and pray silently, but this rude guy got on his phone and talked loudly for 20 minutes or so, having a full on argument with the person. I hoped he would be quiet soon, but he wouldn't stop, so I tried to pray for comfort anyway. I couldn't even hear myself think and felt really frustrated, but then I started to find the situation comical, started documenting the conversation for friends, and suddenly realized I felt better. I wasn't scared anymore and I felt confirmation that I was going to be OK. 

I shared this story and a unbeliever told me my view was silly - that God didn't have anything to do with it. 

It's all how you look at it. I received help and Heavenly Father knew how to comfort me. The funniest part was when the guy acknowledged he was in a waiting room, stayed on the phone anyway, mentioned again that he was in a waiting room, and told the person if people were paying attention to him, then they were being inappropriate. 😂He was yelling! 

How does God answer your prayers? 

I wish I had been there but I'm glad I wasn't.  I think I would have offered to slap the phone out of his hand if he didn't shut the heck up, or take it outside.  Being under stress can sometimes make people do things they wouldn't ordinarily do.  On the other hand, it might have been a perfect opportunity to take out my bluetooth speaker and play one of my favorite tunes at full volume (oh, and yes, sing along with them and play air guitar while doing it).  Until he finally shut up.  That would have made me feel so much better while waiting for the procedure!

 

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4 hours ago, MorningStar said:

It's really easy to miss answers to our prayers sometimes. Some are very obvious, but sometimes I think it's a matter of optimism and faith. 

I was terrified of a procedure I was having this week and had not gone under general anesthesia in decades - not since I became a mom. I was really worried about complications. We got to the hospital and when we sat down in the waiting room, I was thinking I would try to meditate and pray silently, but this rude guy got on his phone and talked loudly for 20 minutes or so, having a full on argument with the person. I hoped he would be quiet soon, but he wouldn't stop, so I tried to pray for comfort anyway. I couldn't even hear myself think and felt really frustrated, but then I started to find the situation comical, started documenting the conversation for friends, and suddenly realized I felt better. I wasn't scared anymore and I felt confirmation that I was going to be OK. 

I shared this story and a unbeliever told me my view was silly - that God didn't have anything to do with it. 

It's all how you look at it. I received help and Heavenly Father knew how to comfort me. The funniest part was when the guy acknowledged he was in a waiting room, stayed on the phone anyway, mentioned again that he was in a waiting room, and told the person if people were paying attention to him, then they were being inappropriate. 😂He was yelling! 

How does God answer your prayers? 

OK, let me get real.  Two stories.

#1.  I was under a great deal of stress leading up to Wendy's and my meeting, and if you can imagine it, we were both lovesick teenagers, as she put it.  I was in a considerable disarray about my feelings overshadowing what I took to be my objective intellect (this was about 3 weeks before meeting her -- and you - for the first time).  I seriously "needed my brain back" as I put it, and finally, one night as I went to bed I knelt in prayer and poured out my concerns to Father, and asked him to please give me back my brain.  I went to sleep with emotional turmoil still twirling around in my head.  But in the morning, I woke to find that all that of that was gone!  My brain was back, and in place of the turmoil was a certainty that all was proceeding as it should, that there was nothing wrong.  That was huge, to have the Lord clear away the jungle so I could see the end from the beginning.

#2. A long time ago when I still just a callow youth, I needed to decide upon a particular course of action.  I decided to put DC 9:8-9 to the test.  And, having considered the matter, I had exactly two choices.  Let's call them option A and option B.  And I decided upon option B.  I was fully convinced this was the correct way to go.  Accordingly, I put the matter before the Lord in prayer.  In the prayer I explained the situation, and just as I was about to say to the Lord that I had chosen option B, I suddenly couldn't speak.  And not only could I not speak, I couldn't even think the words I wanted to say.  I struggled to get the words out for a few seconds, but then suddenly realized this was that "stupor of thought."  And as soon as I realized this, I was released from "speech lock" I guess I could call it.  I thanked the Lord for the advice, and went with option A.  Things turned out just fine.

I realize that an unbeliever could explain all this away, because it is extremely subjective.  It's not like one gets a angel coming down with a stone tablet that you can show to your friends (and they'd probably just assume I made it myself or had it made).  But when something like this happens to you, and the experience sets itself upon you, it is hard to deny it.  

Some people can and will deny it, however -- which is why God doesn't give these things to them. 

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If you had been there to slap the phone out of his hand, that would have been even funnier! 

Thank you for sharing those stories! It's amazing how we can be a complete mess and then Heavenly Father settles things for us. 

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I like your story.  I think we are often to busy to recognize the answers to our prayers.   If Moses had  as preoccupied as I often am,   he could have walked right by the burning bush. Abraham might not have noticed and animal stuck in a thicket in answer to his prayer.  I am certain, I have missed promptings because I was oblivious to subtle messages. 

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