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Does God Answer Our Prayers?

3/29/2007 - 6:00 AM PST

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By Dr. Chris Anthony
Butterworth, Malaysia
Op/Ed
Catholic Online

We are His miracle workers among men...

To overcome the numerous problems and challenges in life, all of us resort to prayer. Very often, despite our earnest prayer our problems only seem to get worse by the day. Often we ponder whether God really answers our paryers. This a simple parable that is derived from the Jewish Mishmash may help to answer this question.

A small village in Rural Russia was beset by drought one year and all the crops failed. The village rabbi prayed to the heavens, "Why don't you do something about this dreadful drought?" But the heavens remained silent. So the rabbi organized a charity food drive with the neighboring villages to feed his people.

When the rains came, they came in heavy and the local river flooded, killing all the livestock. The rabbi again prayed, "Heavenly Father, my people are suffering so much, save us from this flood!" But, again, no help from God seemed forthcoming. So the rabbi lobbied the government authorities to provide financial assistance to replenish the herds lost in the deluge.

Finally, in the wake of the flood, infection and disease ran through the inhabitants of the village. The rabbi prayed once more, "Now surely God you will help us!" But the diseases ran their course. So the rabbi Marshalled and organized the able bodied in the village to care for the sick.

Months later reflecting on the tragedies of the past year, the rabbi turned to God and accused Him, "Why did you not answer the prayers of my poor villagers? Why did you not send help to them when we were beset by drought, floods and pestilence?"

After many hours of anguished entreaty, a quiet voice answered the rabbi in the depths of his heart, "Of course I sent help; I sent you!"

Yes, God definitely answers our prayers and sends help with or without our knowledge. We need not even ask him to grant what we want. He knows what is best for us under the circumstances we are in.

Very often he does not give us what we ask for and this may even lead us to despair. But be assured many years later we will realize what he did was indeed right and for our good.

He does not perform miracles and magic to solve our problems. If we are waiting for such acts, we will be sadly mistaken and disappointed. Like the rabbi in the above story, we are his “miracle” workers among men. He has given us our intelligence, talents and skills to perform his “miracles” to help others.

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1 - 3 of 3 Comments

  1. Myles P. Corrigan, Sr.
    2 years ago

    Recently, in an attempt to understand if God answers our specific prayers, specifically such as "God please ease the many years of pain my innocent son has suffered"; I asked my pastor to consider how we pray for those who have been nominated toward the process of Sainthood. For example, the Church currently asks for at least two specific prayers to be answered specifically in order for a nominated saint to be canonized as a Saint. These prayers throughout centuries typically have involved individuals praying to a specifically nominated saint to help a very specific person in a very specific way, (often for a person who is extremely, critically ill, with no modern medical solution; and who by the consensus of very modern experienced physicians believe the ill person is on the cusp of death). Suddenly a complete recovery of the ill person occurs with absolutely no possible reason why it occurred, physically or medically, again as assessed by very modern experienced physicians, (often associated with a Vatican investigation). These specific prayer requests for a specific person which occurred in a situation such as outlined above, are investigated by the Vatican over time. These prayers for the person may then deemed by the Pope to be reason for a miracle healing directly from God. Thus a new saint can now be canonized at a time designated by the Pope.

    Thus, am I correct that God hears specific prayers from persons/Saints that can result in a direct specific answer which we, with great confidence, know is a specific answer to our
    specific prayer.

    This is a very important subject for me, any Catholic comments are appreciated. Note: I do believe Jesus also answers prayers in a way that are for our own good, but we may not immediately recognize those answers.
    Thank-you very much!! Myles P. Corrigan, Sr.

  2. MERREZA
    5 years ago

    WILL WE IN OUR SELF FELL IF GOD ANSWER OUR PRAYER WITH OUT KNOWING

  3. Kitty
    5 years ago

    This is a very helpfull article. Latly when I pray I feel like God isn't here...My friend e-mailed this to me and said it might help. It did.

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