This is Part IV of a series on recognizing answers to prayers.
Answers may not come the way you expect. You may be expecting to feel the Holy Ghost. You certainly may. You will feel the Holy Ghost when you need answers to the BIG QUESTIONS. However, when you’re looking for answers to day-to-day problems, they may come in other, unexpected forms.
Let’s imagine that you’re washing machine is broken, it’s the end of the month, you’re strapped for cash, you lost your wallet, and you have dirty clothes piling-up. Would praying for clean clothes help? Will an angel come down from heaven and wash your clothes for you? Of course not.
Although this may seem like a minor incident of no significance….
“If something is important to you, it is important to God.”
If you pray for help to get your clothes clean, you may get an answer, but it may be in a way that you didn’t expect. For instance….
- You may be inspired to ask a family member (if they live nearby) to let you use their washing machine.
- You may be inspired to ask a neighbor if they know how to fix washing machines.
- You may be inspired to watch a YouTube video on how to fix washing machines.
- You may be inspired to check the classified for someone who is offering a free washing machine.
- You may be inspired to go to a garage sale to find a used washing machine that will get you by for a while.
- You may be inspired to check your couches for change so you can go to the laundromat.
- You may be inspired to take a leap of faith: Take your dirty laundry to the laundromat without any money–and you’ll find some there who will give you the money you need.
Sometimes, you’ll have promptings to do extreme things…. Here’s one example.
My parents had a neighbor who lost his job. He sent out several resumes for several weeks and received no responses.
He and his wife prayed and felt very strongly that they needed to sell their house. They did. They sold their house, packed a moving van, and were sitting in their driveway–not knowing where to drive.
Then, the phone call came….
He was offered a new, out-of-state job right over the phone. Their prayers were answered. They took a giant leap of faith though. Faith proceeds the miracle.
“God doesn’t guide our steps until we start walking.”
Here’s another example. My cousin was in a terrible car accident. He was in critical condition. My uncle, who is agnostic, prayed for the first time in his life that God would let his son live.
He died the next day.
Sometimes, death is an answer to prayer. The pain and suffering that my cousin experienced as a result of his injuries was over.
Of course, this was not the answer that my uncle wanted. Heavenly Father knew, however, that was best.
In another post, I’ll cover “Why does God allow bad things to happen?” But, there’s a lot more important things to cover before we get to that.
While seeking answers to your own prayers, please also recognize that YOU can be the answer to someone else’s prayer. God has angels in heaven do His work. While we are being tested down here, on earth, we are to be his angels. We are to come to the need of our fellow brothers and sister in need. We are to help one another–and in some cases be the answer to someone else’s prayer.
If you serve Him, by answering the prayers of your fellow brothers and sisters, you’re more likely to get answers when you need help.
Jesus was the perfect example He spend his life serving us: his fellow brothers and sisters. The same is expected of us.