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When was a time that God answered your prayers?


ALATHIA WRITES:Β I believe that God listens to and answers the prayers of His people in mighty ways. I love hearing other people’s stories about how God has blessed their prayer life. Was there a specific time you remember, whether the answer was yes, no, or wait, that God clearly answered your prayer?

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  • Four years ago at a camp, my family met another big family and spent a lot of time with them that week. Sometime during that week, I asked Mrs. F. if there was any way I could pray for her, and she said, “Pray for my son, P. He’s the only one of my kids who I’m not sure knows the Lord.” I promised I would, and at the end of the week our families parted ways. Not too long after, we lost touch. But I didn’t stop praying for P. His name has been on the list on my wall all this time and I’ve thought about that family and prayed for him a lot.
    Fast forward to a couple weeks ago. I found out my e-mail was being used as a cover for a scam–you know, the kind where they haven’t actually hacked your e-mail, but have made their e-mails look like they are from your e-mail address. So I spent a couple crazy days going through my contacts and warning them (as much as I could through Facebook) to watch out. At least six of them got that scam e-mail, plus some other random strangers I didn’t even know–one of them e-mailed my real e-mail and asked me if she was supposed to know me, because she couldn’t remember who I was! Anyway, as I was going through the list of people, I came across Mrs. F.’s e-mail address! I didn’t even know I had it. Well, I contacted her, warning about the scam, and at the end put “P.S. I still pray for your son P.” She replied that she hadn’t gotten the scam e-mail and said “PTL! My son now knows the Lord.” Wow.
    Honestly, I wasn’t sure I’d ever find out, this side of eternity. But God saw fit to let me know. He does answer prayer! Even if it takes years! His answer might be a yes, but not yet.
    There’s another name on my list, M.Z., with a similar situation. I’ve been praying for that one for years, too. They moved away not too long after and we completely lost touch. But I’m not giving up. And someday, I hope to meet M.Z. on the other side in eternity. ~Anna

    • My favorite thing about this story is that it was probably really irritating having to go through all your contacts and having to cover for the scam, but if the scam had never happened you probably never would have found out about Mrs. F’s son! God works in mysterious ways (:

      • Yeah it was…I had about 70 e-mail addresses in my contacts which resulted in maybe 55 separate messages/e-mails I had to send (thankful for group messaging on Facebook and the fact that quite a few are family members) which cut the number down. But it was so worth it to hear about her son! πŸ™‚

    • That’s amazing! Idk why, but to me it seems like there’s just something extra special about praying for specific people long term. I met two girls, eleven and twelve I think, at camp last month. One of them seemed so incredibly eager to learn about the bible, but didn’t have anyone to teach her well. I’m not sure about the other one, but I decided to keep praying for them from that day on. I don’t know whether I’ll ever get to meet these two precious girls again or know how their lives turned out, but it’s really neat to hear your story πŸ™‚

  • I had and still do prayed for God to help me bring someone to Christ. Well this year He answered it. I had waited for a long time but it happened. My stepfather’s brother was dying so we went up to see him. We kept asking cause he was a little out of it, but he eventually said yes. He died a few days later, but we knew he was going to Heaven to be with God.

  • God answers my prayers on a dailey basis. But the biggest one that He has answered recently was this: after years of being friends my best friend told me he wasnt actually a Christian. He didnt believe in his heart that Jesus is Lord. I went into fervant prayer him. God gave me opportunities to talk to John over the next couple weeks and two weeks after my friend told me he didn’t believe God worked in amazing ways. I had just had a long phone call with my friend about my faith and then he sent me a two word text. “I believe” I thank God every day for saving my friend!

  • This is a great question, and it is very timely too. I have been thinking along the lines of God answering prayer very recently, and I’ve been realizing His great power through Him answering many of my prayers.
    Earlier during this year I started praying for a family friend who had problems with sleeping. For some odd reason she couldn’t sleep during the night for very long, and on many nights she didn’t sleep at all. Her, her family, and my family were all very concerned because no one knew why she couldn’t sleep very well at night. When I started praying for her, she had been going through this for at least 6 months (maybe longer). Her family went to many doctors to get answers but found none.
    One day last month my older sisters came back from visiting her family and came back with the news that she started sleeping again! Apparently she had had a high sensitivity to the radiation of LED lightbulbs. I was so happy to hear that she was doing well and that my prayer had been answered.
    One thing my former pastor said was “Much prayer, much power. Little prayer, little power”. That phrase means so much more to me now, because I can now see God’s amazing power work through prayer. Many more prayers I have prayed have been answered as well, and I thank God for listening to and answering the prayers of His people.

  • I remembered when God answered my prayer to heal my mom when she was sick for 5 years. I was young then maybe 7 or 8 but I remember just praying every single night that God will heal and restore my mom to me. And He did and now she’s well and teaching me to walk in His Word.

  • God is so good, and he answers prayers so often it’s crazy! The “no”s and “wait”s are the hardest, but even those turn out to be the best thing that could happen. No matter how hard it is, it’s always worth it. Even if I never see it till heaven.

    He said no to curing my Grandpa’s cancer, but that was the thing that led him to be saved.

    He keeps saying wait to saving my dad which I don’t get, but I’m trusting that it will be best for God’s glory, and even the fact that I’m forced to trust Him is good too.

    • I prayed for my grandfather’s cancer to go away, but God also said no. We just have to be glad that when our family members die when God wants them up there with Him. We should be like the angels whenever someone comes to Christ.

      • Wow, I think I must be on the Reb’s black list. This is the second time this week that my comment has to be approved, lol.

          • Sometimes the comments will say it pending for a day or two before they post. I don’t know why, but I promise it wasn’t a cut down.

          • I wouldn’t have posted it if it was bad, it was actually meant to be encouraging. Though i have said really stupid things in the past, so maybe it’s something to do with that, idk.

  • I asked God a kinda silly prayer a couple of weeks ago. (: I was going to a Christian camp and it was going to be my longest time away from home. I asked God if He would send another girl who liked hugs. ( I like hugs from my family a lot and I knew that was one of the things I was going to miss the most. )
    The first day there, one of the counselors announced happily that she was a hugger!
    Yeah, it was kinda silly, but I know God cares about everything. Even the silly things (:

  • A couple of years ago, a friend and I prayed that God would open up a door for me to have a better relationship with my sister. She’s a lot older than me and is married and has her own family… so we had never really been close.
    Fast forward to last year. My brother was diagnosed with scoliosis and had to have a major back surgery. Since my parents were at the hospital with him, I had to stay with my sister for a week. I wasn’t really looking forward to it at first, but we drew so much closer from that experience and we are much better friends now because of it. Even though God didn’t answer my prayers about my brother not having to have back surgery, he did answer the prayer from a year before about my relationship with my sister πŸ™‚

  • This is gonna sound silly beside some of the other ones, but here goes 😊
    When I was about 6 I was OBSESSED with dogs. I read dog books, watched dog movies, etc. I wanted a dog more than anything. I begged my parents for a dog and I got the same answer every time: no. My parents are both allergic to shedding dogs and non shedding ones were too expensive.
    So I started praying. I prayed every night for almost 2 years. I pleaded to God to give me a dog (because, yanno, it would ruin my entire life if I didn’t get one 😝)
    So fast forward almost 2 years. It was 4th of July and we were wandering around a flea market when my dad walked up and said “hey, there’s a woman selling puppies over there.” My mom gave him *that* look and told me, “we can look but you’re not holding one.” Well, as soon as we walked up, the woman handed me a puppy to hold. As it turns out, they were Miniature Schnauzers, which don’t shed. So I’m playing with the puppy and Dad walks up behind mom and was like “you want to get it? And Mom was like ” yeah.” It was a definitely a God thing, because there is no other way I would have a dog today. K, I’m done with my long, silly, answer to prayer πŸ˜…

    • Lol πŸ˜› My little sister loves dogs more than anything else in the world (except maybe dolphins ever since she watched Dolphin Tale a couple years ago) but the rest of my family does not like animals plus she’s allergic, so she can’t have one. Maybe I should suggest that she pray for two years and then she can get one….

  • Three years ago to the day, my mum and sister were in a life-threatening situation where they needed immediate help. My sister’s first reaction was to call out to Jesus, and he immediately sent people who got them to safety. I think if we make prayer our first port of call in the little things, it will become instinctive in the big things πŸ˜‰

  • There are many ways that God has answered my prayers, but probably the most common way that I’ve seen him answer me is just helping me be calm when I’m super stressed out. Another thing that comes to mind is how a few years ago, I prayed that God would make me love my sister, and now he has. Last thing I can think of is how my Grandma’s cancer miraculously went away. As for answering “no”, I guess that might be how he hasn’t chosen to heal my brother and sister of their problems, “Not now” is how he has answered my prayers for friendships.

  • The DHTU course was an answer to prayer. Last Spring I was looking for more direction in pursuing and identifying my passions and course was timed perfectly for me. πŸ™‚ It got me started doing things I might never have done that were definitely outside my comfort zone. One thing I’ve learned since then, if you’re going to do something hard and uncomfortable, it’s best to do it with help and support. My family and friends have been very helpful and supportive with my projects. πŸ™‚

  • A year ago, I only had one pair of tennis shoes. I really wanted some other shoes, and I prayed for some Narnia boots. (tall, gray, swayed.) I prayed for about three weeks, and kept pestering mom about finding some. Finally we went to the shoe store. I found the exact boots I had been praying for! And they were only $15! Plus we also found some super traction tennis shoes.
    God cares about your clothes, even though we don’t tend to think that!

  • Thank you so much for commenting on this DQ guys! I, Alathia, thoroughly enjoyed reading each and every one of your stories. God bless y’all πŸ™‚

  • God never ceases to answer my prayers, not always with a “yes” or “no”, but with a “wait”. Last spring I really wanted a job. I could have used a little money. And I had applied for numerous jobs. I ended getting interviewed for one, but at the same time, I had been selected to be a volunteer, as a costumed interpreter at a nearby historic site/museum. God said wait. I didn’t get the job, because I was too young, so instead I took the volunteer position. And now, a whole year later, with 100+ hours of volunteering behind, God has blessed me. I just found out yesterday that I will now be getting paid rather than volunteer at the museum, and at a much higher wage than other jobs I had looked at in the past. Waiting is difficult, but in the end much better. God knew what was best, and answered my prayer in a way I was not expecting.

  • I have been praying for a friend, for awhile. All the others had lives and I was never really part of their lives. I got discouraged.
    Then November of last year, God finally gave me one!! I am so thankful.
    God answers prayers, maybe not how we want or in our timing, but God’s timing is always better.

  • Let’s see. So I was going to be doing keyboards for Sunday church. I was really scared that I was going to fail, I mean, my first time doing keys for my whole church. And it was also communion!!!!! I was so nervous. So I prayed, prayed, prayed. And prayed that I would not fail. God answered me by this. He made me play a almost perfect Sunday!!!! THANK YOU LORD!

  • How answers my prayers all the time. Every day that I wake up and am loved by him is an answer to my prayers. I have been going through a hard time and I prayed that my parents wouldn’t cast me out and they didn’t. They love me and we are a little more candid with each other because of that.

  • Which time, I mean I lost count hundreds of answers ago. Most memorable was about four years ago, my dad was going to go to Theological Seminary and we had an apartment lined up and were set to leave on the next Wednesday. The Saturday before we left my parents got a phone call saying that we had too many people for the space. Sunday we asked for prayer and that same day my uncle called saying that he had a friend in California with a 4000 square foot house that was sitting empty if we wanted it. After that we rented and usually the day before we had to be out, we would get another place.

    • There are many times. The best time God answered a prayer and continues to answer it is when I pray that I die when I am in a depressed/suicidal state of mind or when i have hurt myself. I’m thankful the results have always been no. God wants me to live,

  • My best time was about three months ago, when I had the symptoms of a fracture in my hand, my family and I prayed, and then my mom wanted to see if I could write at all. I decided to draw, and there was absolutely no pain!

  • Most memorably, was mother’s day 2014. I have an older sister, who has disobeyed my parents in several things, with no sign of changing. As soon as she was 18, she left the house. When she was 19, she became pregnant. She decided to keep the baby (his name is Isaiah), but was not exactly a perfect mother, so my mother ended up taking Isaiah to live with the rest of my family and I while Crystal continued to refuse to live with our family, and so lived separately. My sister agreed to this, but he next mother’s day, though, she decided that she wanted Isaiah to come and stay with her permanently. My mother, knowing my sister’s history of not being the most responsible and mature person, declined, and said that she’d prefer it if Crystal just visited with Isaiah instead of keeping him. Crystal got mad and called the police, the police called child services. My entire family and I were scared that child services would side with Crystal because she was the biological mother. If Crystal got Isaiah, then you could almost guarantee that we would never see Isaiah again. I was worried but I prayed about it and God answered my prayers. Then when the official court date came for custody, the judge also ruled in our favor. I am happy to say that Isaiah lives with us to this day, and is a bright, happy, and healthy three year old boy, who will be turning four in November. God is good.

  • I’m sorry to hear you are feeling this way. I have been there myself. Have you thought about asking at church to get a mentor or even counselor? Having someone is your life who is there to talk through these things with can be surprisingly helpful sometimes.Not to worry, God loves you more than you could ever believe, even if he seems far from you at the moment. God is a higher authority than anyone on earth,including anyone making judgement calls while filled with hatred. Look to Him for the truth about who you are-someone sanctified by His great sacrifice which show your true value-and His immeasurable love for you-for all eternity.
    Remember that if you want to make any changes in your life it helps to make lists so that so can break them down into smaller,more manageable goals. You can encourage yourself this way with the visual representation of your progress that comes from checking off the boxes on your list.
    Also, please read this page and the prayers on it

  • Growing up my dad DID NOT want a dog. My brother and I begged for years, but Dad said we traveled too much. So at eight years old I gave up asking. Instead, I started badgering God to send us a puppy. I prayed for a year and a half. Then one night we had gone out to dinner as a family. As we were pulling back into the driveway we noticed a tiny little puppy huddled under the neighbor’s car. We walked all over the neighborhood that night, asking if anyone knew who she belonged to, or had any information at all. No one claimed her, but someone saw a truck sop at the end of our street and dump her. So Dad played the ‘just one night’ card. At that point I told him what I’d been praying, and as a direct quote he said: “Aw, man,” So yeah, we’ve had our amazing little answered prayer ever since!

  • I would definitely say that one of the most amazing ones would have to be something that happened around two years ago. My dad had a truck that he loved and it was serving him well. One day as he was coming home from work, the truck started to die on him and he thankfully got home before it died completely. So my dad called Auto Zone and asked for help. They checked out the truck and said that it would cost about $6,000 to replace it. Well, we were going through some financial struggles back then, and we knew that we could not afford that. With eight kids in the family at that time, we couldn’t have just one vehicle operating. That would not have fit our hectic schedule. So, we prayed and asked God what to do. My dad told his parents about the trouble and asked them to pray. We had no idea what to do. We had a rental car for my dad while we were trying to figure it all out.

    After a couple of days we got a letter from my dad’s parents. They said that the Lord had led them to give us $3,000. We were overjoyed and immediately called them to thank them for their willingness to give us that. We knew that that would only cover half the payment, but it definitely helped.

    Somehow in those few days, a friend of my dad’s from work asked if he could look at the truck. My dad agreed since he knew that this friend was good with cars. So this guy looked and said that he could fix the truck. We were so thankful for that offer. This guy bought the parts needed and fixed the truck very well. He told my dad that the total cost came to $3,000 even. My dad was in tears that night as he called his parents to tell them the miracle that God had performed. We were expecting to have to pay the $3,000 from my grandparents along with $3,000 from our own pockets. God changed that just because He loved us and wanted to show us.

    That is one of my biggest answered prayers. There are so many more that are like it. God has been working in our lives in miraculous ways recently. I thank Him for that.

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