In times of greatest urgency, God has heard even my unspoken prayers; the
pleadings of my heart in moments of desperation when all I knew was to turn to
Him. He has always answered according to His perfect love, and His loving
purposes. In those moments I've grown to known Him more, to understand His
designs, and to trust His will rather than my own simple understanding. He is
present in our distress or joy, and desires us to be present with Him in our
God answers prayers according to His time, in His way and often these do not
correspond to what we want. The difficult part is, as Neal Maxwell said, to go
through the bitter times without becoming bitter. Stories of
prayers being answered immediately are great to read, but all should keep in
mind that God's time and God's answers are not our time or answers.
Forgetting that can easily lead to a great deal of bitterness.
The problem with stories such as this is that while they are intended to be
faith sustaining they can seriously have a negative effect and it is reminiscent
of joke of the lady caught in a flood who keeps refusing all sorts of help
saying God would provide. When she finally drowns she asks why did you forsake
me and He answers I sent a canoe, a raft and a helicopter. My first instinct
when I read it, being a true cynic, was here is a woman with two children with
no food in the house waiting till almost midnight to have a thought or do
anything about it? Now I fully believe that God will answer prayers and does,
but that doesn't mean you sit back and let children be hungry waiting and
then at the verylast minute saying OBTW my kids are hungry. Instead of
affirming my faith, I'd be calling CPS and reporting child neglect. God
will answer prayers, but he also wants you to have your 'shoulder to the
wheel' and do your share and not wait till the last minute to act on
The Lord already knew you were out of food and anticipated your request?
there are great people out there who love to help those in need. the outcome of
the story, however, had nothing to do with prayer. The man would have been
delivering the food to help whether she prayed for it or not. If god knows us so
well, why do we have to pray to ask for things that we so obviously need, like
food? Wouldn't god already know that we were out and needed it? And what
about all of the people who do pray to get out of their desperate situations and
the prayers don't get answered and they starve?
@sukiyhtaky ... You are assuming things the content of the story doesn't
permit one to assume. Why not accept the facts as written? I'm not sure a
bad, neglectful mother prays for her babies.