I'd like to hear about some actual prayer requests that have been answered the way it made sense to answer them.

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I don't know the background of this question. If it's coming from a place of struggle/hurt/despair I really am sorry (and don't feel like you owe us an explanation, necessarily) but I just wanted to say that before I say anything else.

I'm not sure how this discussion will go if you don't allow for God being majestically Sovereign and All-Knowing. Jesus taught us to pray acknowledging God's "will be done." Even his own, most passionate and personal prayer, was not granted but he still prayed "your will be done" (Matt. 26:42).

FWIW, I'm just trying to offer a basic framework of acknowledging we can pray to God about anything but have to give him room to be God.
 

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I don't know the background of this question. If it's coming from a place of struggle/hurt/despair I really am sorry (and don't feel like you owe us an explanation, necessarily) but I just wanted to say that before I say anything else.

I'm not sure how this discussion will go if you don't allow for God being majestically Sovereign and All-Knowing. Jesus taught us to pray acknowledging God's "will be done." Even his own, most passionate and personal prayer, was not granted but he still prayed "your will be done" (Matt. 26:42).

FWIW, I'm just trying to offer a basic framework of acknowledging we can pray to God about anything but have to give him room to be God.
I’m good. All is well. Just wondering what some people think about prayers that result in Death of loved one (my late wife) even though Jesus’ name was used for prayers of healing “ask ANYTHING in my name and it shall be done” etc
 

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What does "in My name" mean? I don't think it means "use My name as your Mastercard to get whatever, whenever". I see it more as meaning "for My glory/for My purposes".
To address the initial question, years ago, feeling overwhelmed by some of the challenges of life, I prayed that God would "grow my courage". Within a few days, I had an invitation to go rappelling. I don't like heights. I did go though and as I was leaning back over the edge into the harness I had this sense of leaning back into the hand of God and having a security in doing so. I think prayer, for me, has been more about lessons learned than about immediate needs/concerns.
 

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What does "in My name" mean? I don't think it means "use My name as your Mastercard to get whatever, whenever". I see it more as meaning "for My glory/for My purposes".
To address the initial question, years ago, feeling overwhelmed by some of the challenges of life, I prayed that God would "grow my courage". Within a few days, I had an invitation to go rappelling. I don't like heights. I did go though and as I was leaning back over the edge into the harness I had this sense of leaning back into the hand of God and having a security in doing so. I think prayer, for me, has been more about lessons learned than about immediate needs/concerns.
“Say unto this mountain be thou removed” doesn’t mean an actual mountain either? Seems “god” was sorta leaving it up to man to interpret what exactly he was meaning
 

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Plenty of children in this world have call out to god for help only to be turned away (killed, raped, mutilated ) “ Suffer the little children” must’ve meant literally for some
 

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Here's a link to a blogpost I wrote on prayer after being diagnosed with multiple myeloma...It's not long but too long to post here.

not trying to argue here… but if Prayer works….is God’s will NOT done?
 

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I won’t give the details, but I’ve had positive answers to some prayers. I’ve had negative answers to others.

Generally speaking, the positive answers bailed me out of something I shouldn’t have done in the first place. The negative answers were pretty much what I deserved.

Interestingly, a lot of the negative answers turned out to be painful in the short term, but the right thing in the longer term. Kind of like the Garth Brooks song, “Unanswered Prayers.”

Which is what leads me to say that all prayers are answered. But sometimes the answer is, “No,“ phrased much more softly.

For me, a lot of the No answers had to do with romantic interest. A bit late in life, I found a true life partner. Waiting was hard. Loneliness was hard. Wondering what was wrong was hard. But the eventual outcome was the right one for me.

I’d like to think it was the right one for her. But she’s a big girl and can speak for herself.

Regarding helpless people of whatever description calling out for God to help them in times of mental or physical torture or illness, and being injured or dying anyway: It’s an undeniable component of the world and has been since Cain slew Abel.

I don’t have an answer as to why God delivers some, but not others. It’s especially confounding for those who, to our thinking, are infinitely more deserving.

Having faith that there is an answer, even though I don’t currently understand it, distinguishes logical thought from religious belief.

That’s another way of saying, “His ways are not our ways,” and you asked for responses that had different reasoning.

The best I can offer is that having faith is a lot easier on the mind than peering into the abyss and thinking that the void is all there is.
 
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I won’t give the details, but I’ve had positive answers to some prayers. I’ve had negative answers to others.

Generally speaking, the positive answers bailed me out of something I shouldn’t have done in the first place. The negative answers were pretty much what I deserved.

Interestingly, a lot of the negative answers turned out to be painful in the short term, but the right thing in the longer term. Kind of like the Garth Brooks song, “Unanswered Prayers.”

Which is what leads me to say that all prayers are answered. But sometimes the answer is, “No,“ phrased much more softly.

For me, a lot of the No answers had to do with romantic interest. A bit late in life, I found a true life partner. Waiting was hard. Loneliness was hard. Wondering what was wrong was hard. But the eventual outcome was the right one for me.

I’d like to think it was the right one for her. But she’s a big girl and can speak for herself.

Regarding helpless people of whatever description calling out for God to help them in times of mental or physical torture or illness, and being injured or dying anyway: It’s an undeniable component of the world and has been since Cain slew Abel.

I don’t have an answer as to why God delivers some, but not others. It’s especially confounding for those who, to our thinking, are infinitely more deserving.

Having faith that there is an answer even though I don’t currently understand it is what distinguishes logical thought from religious belief.

That’s another way of saying, “His ways are not our ways,” and you asked for responses that had different reasoning.

The best I can offer is that having faith is a lot easier on the mind than peering into the abyss and thinking that the void is all there is.
The Bible says some he’s chosen to have faith and some he has not chosen. Reckon I’m in the latter?
 

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What can we ask in Jesus' name? Nothing more or less than "thy will be done..." -- just like Jesus did in the Garden. Anything else is trying to play God....
Healing? Funny enough you never see a healing preacher at Amputee Hospitals, etc. There is no healing that. No matter whose name you use. It’s all bs
 
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Healing? Funny enough you never see a healing preacher at Amputee Hospitals, etc. There is no healing that. No matter whose name you use. It’s all bs
You will always see a Preacher/Pastor/Priest, etc. in an amputee setting ! I am an amputee due to a heart surgery gone wrong and spent a month in the hospital. God didn't take my leg, neither can he replace it. The encouragement to heal mentally and physically to the best of my and the hospitals ability was a God send. FYI the doctors and nurses called me a miracle man. I am the living testament of God's grace and the power of prayer.
 
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You will always see a Preacher/Pastor/Priest, etc. in an amputee setting ! I am an amputee due to a heart surgery gone wrong and spent a month in the hospital. God didn't take my leg, neither can he replace it. The encouragement to heal mentally and physically to the best of my and the hospitals ability was a God send. FYI the doctors and nurses called me a miracle man. I am the living testament of God's grace and the power of prayer.
No healing pastors, laying on of hands, anointing, with oil, claims of it regrow in Jesus name or anything? Sorry you're dealing with that.
 

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No healing pastors, laying on of hands, anointing, with oil, claims of it regrow in Jesus name or anything? Sorry you're dealing with that.
“God can’t replace it” but Jesus can bring people back from the dead?
 

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What can we ask in Jesus' name? Nothing more or less than "thy will be done..." -- just like Jesus did in the Garden. Anything else is trying to play God....
it literally says That JESUS tells us in John 14 to ask for ANYTHING” (his words not mine) so that his Daddy-Self could be Glorified
 

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