Reader voices: The prayer that was answered before I said 'amen'

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  • Moontan Roanoke, VA
    Sept. 23, 2013 6:38 p.m.

    @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.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    Sept. 23, 2013 8:49 a.m.

    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?

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Sept. 23, 2013 7:13 a.m.

    The Lord already knew you were out of food and anticipated your request?

  • sukiyhtaky us, CA
    Sept. 23, 2013 1:28 a.m.

    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 something.

  • Mark from Montana Aurora, CO
    Sept. 22, 2013 10:36 p.m.

    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.

  • Raeann Peck Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 22, 2013 1:28 p.m.

    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 every moment.