Does God Hear our Prayers? Then Why Doesn’t He Do Something, for Crying Out Loud?

A few years back, the husband of a good friend of ours from church  was stricken with cancer of the kidney. He was only in his mid forties and the prognosis was not good.  Our church set up prayer vigils and many of us  spent much time and energy imploring God to intervene and save him from an early death.  The man was not a believer, but he allowed us to do this for him,  perhaps out of respect for his wife, perhaps out of a sense of;  “Why not – What’s to lose?”.

There were some surgeries and some chemo and radiation and, against all odds, he survived.  We proclaimed this an example of God’s healing power, as well as one of the power of prayer.  It was truly a miracle.

The man was grateful and acknowledged that perhaps there was more to this than just medical science at work. However, he did not convert to the faith, as we had hoped.

Within six months he was diagnosed with cancer in another part of his body and he died very quickly after that, in spite of more prayers.  Among some of us there was a sense of confusion. What’s up? Why did God hear our prayers the first time only to allow him to die within a few months of something else? No one truly believed that God was not listening to us the second time around. Was there some purpose to God’s plan that required this seeming inconsistency?  If this was the case it almost looked…cruel.

My questions are these; Does God answer our prayers? And if so, in what way? Does he perform ‘miracles’?

Is it necessary to believe in divine miraculous intervention for us to have faith in God?  Is prayer necessary for faith?

I ask this because I know that many people struggle with questions like these and it may even cause them to doubt their faith in God.

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  1. #1 by notesalongthepath on August 21, 2009 - 4:32 pm

    Hi Christian–
    Wow, talk about getting a communication going! Great job at that. Though the questions you posed may not be your questions, you’ve received a lot of input on a very hard-to-understand subject that I feel certain is valuable.
    Keep up your great work.
    Pam B/Notes

  2. #2 by prayerwarrior on August 30, 2009 - 6:38 am

    In God We Trusts.
    Praying For The Children, & There Family. that Live On Same Road where I Live. For there Salvation In The Name Of Jesus Christ. I Pray God Will Bless There Health, Home, School, Work, Healing Blessing. In The name Of Jesus Christ, i Pray God Put Joy, Love Peace & Forgiveness in There Heart, In The Name Of Jesus christ. I Pray They Stay in School to, In The Name of Jesus Christ. & Pray For President Barack Obama. Pray Gor The Jews & USA.
    I Pray For Every one’s who Has heart disease. For Healing. In The Name Of Jesus Christ
    Pray For bipolar For Healing In The Name Of Jesus Christ… I Pray For All Family Have a financial Healing In The name of jesus Christ. Pray For teens, depression sadness, youth teenagers, girls , boys… Prayer of Children for their Parents . Pray For neighbors, & Childrens parents. Please Pray for Street Bullies In The Name Of Jesus Christ & Pray For Schools
    Pray For The Family Live Be side me & Around me. Bless There Home & Work & Shool. Bless There health to, & The One’s who do not know Jesus As There Saver Salvation will Get Saved In The Blood Of Jesus.
    I’M PAYING FOR YOU AND OTHER PEOPLE AROUND ME Prayer for families is the very foundation that keeps a family unit together. Have you heard the phrase “A family that prays together stays together”? The concept is true – a family that has their focus on praying to the Lord Jesus Christ has a foundation that may be shaken at times, but it will withstand all that comes against them.I Pray for In The Name Of Jesus Christ, For ¦Overcoming Anxiety, Worry and Tension
    Pray for Africa In The name of Jesus Christ
    Prays for President Obama and Wife, & Children’s and his new administration. Your efforts will work powerfully in our nation.
    Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, I Pray For Peace For USA. God Bless Jerusalem, God Bless USA. In The Name Of Jesus Christ I Pray. Pray for neighbors,& teens, IN GOD WE TRUST
    FATHER GOD SEND REVIVAL, AND LET IT START WITH ME” Pray For Our Youth & Young Adults.In The Name Of Jesus Christ
    A family that prays together stays together. In The Name Of Jesus Christ I Pray
    Praying For The Children, & There Family. that Live On Same Road where I Live. For there Salvation In The Name Of Jesus Christ. I Pray God Will Bless There Health, Home, School, Work, Healing Blessing. In The name Of Jesus Christ, I Pray God Put Joy, Love Peace & Forgiveness in There Heart, In The Name Of Jesus Christ. I Pray They Stay in School to, In The Name of Jesus Christ. & Pray For President Barack Obama. Pray Gor The Jews & USA.I Pray For Streets Bullies. Please Pray for Street Bullies, In The Name Of Jesus Christ & Pray For Schools
    Pray For The Young Kids , & Teens, Young Adults In The name Of Jesus, Pray For USA, Our World Leaders, & Governments, Pray For Our Troops. Men’s & Women’s, Solders, & There Famlies
    I’M PRAYING FOR YOU AND OTHER PEOPLE AROUND ME
    Pray For World Homeless Families In The Name Of Jesus Christ. Pray For Jews, & Israel, In The Name Of Jesus Christ, Please Pray For Familys Live On Same Road I Live On, God Will Bless there, Home, Work, & Schools, & The Familys who do not know Jesus as there Saver Will get Saved, In The Blood Of jesus Christ,
    Hear our prayers, O God, In The name of Jesus Christ I Pray
    Hear our prayers, O God;
    Incline your ear to us,
    and grant us your

    In The Name Of Jesus Christ In The Name Of Jesus Christ I Pray
    Amen

  3. #3 by Christian Beyer on August 30, 2009 - 7:45 am

    What about prayers for people with metabolic syndrome and BPH? C’ mon now.

  4. #4 by Christian Beyer on August 31, 2009 - 6:05 pm

    Good stuff Ben. I particularly liked this line:

    “The salvation of the soul would qualify as a miracle because it cannot be empirically observed. ”

    So obvious yet so overlooked.

    And please, PLEASE, continue to share your ‘ramblings’ with us.

  5. #5 by prayerwarrior on October 1, 2009 - 4:30 am

    Please pray for financial miracle Blessing from Heaven … for Work & Good pay for each Family Live on Same road I Live on. I pray God will over flow Blessing from Heaven. For each families. The Ones who are not saved In the Blood of Jesus will get save. I Pray For Peace, Love & Joy For each Family on same rode I live on. & please Heal each ones Health. Pray for Each Family Salvation. For each Families In The Name Of Jesus Christ I Pray… Amen… I Do Pray for Anger Kids Will Reach to God Hands For Peace, Love, & Joy That Jesus Christ Can Give to Kids…. I Have Faith God will provide People for Jobs. Heaven is not in no depressing. Pray In The Name Of Jesus Christ.
    Seek Kingdom Of Heaven
    Matt. 7:7, 8: “Ask, and it shall be given you
    I Peter 3:12 – “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayer…”
    Please Pray for Street Bullies, In The Name Of Jesus Christ & Pray For Schools
    Pray For The Young Kids , & Teens, Young Adults In The name Of Jesus, Pray For USA, Our World Leaders, & Governments, Pray For Our Troops. Men’s & Women’s, Solders, & There Famlies
    I’M PRAYING FOR YOU AND OTHER PEOPLE AROUND ME
    Pray For World Homeless Families In The Name Of Jesus Christ. Pray For Jews, & Israel, In The Name Of Jesus Christ, Please Pray For Familys Live On Same Road I Live On, God Will Bless there, Home, Work, & Schools, & The Familys who do not know Jesus as there Saver Will get Saved, In The Blood Of jesus Christ,
    Hear our prayers, O God, In The name of Jesus Christ I Pray
    Hear our prayers, O God;
    Incline your ear to us,
    and grant us your

    In The Name Of Jesus Christ

  6. #7 by DAVE PRICE on November 7, 2009 - 11:23 pm

    FIRST WE MUST KNOW THE JESUS THAT SAVED US FOR THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO BE SAVED IS TO BE BORN AGAIN IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD AND SAVIOR FOR HE KNOWS EVERYTHING ABOUT EVERYBODY ALL THE TIME SO HE KNOWS WHAT YOUR PRAYER IS BEFORE YOU ASK HIM IF YOU BELEIVE IN JESUS THAN YOU FOR SURE BETTER BELIVE IN THE DEVIL AND ALL OF HIS FOUL SPIRITS BUT IF YOU REALLY KNOW JESUS ON A ONE ON ONE BONDING THEN YOU KNOW THAT JESUS IS POWER I MEAN POWER LIKE YOU CANNOT BELEIVE HE SAID I GIVE YOU POWER OVER SATAN IF SATAN IS ATTACKING YOU GIVE GOD THE PRAISE FOR THIS MEANS YOU ARE GETTING TO CLOSE TO OUR LORD JESUS AND SATAN FEARS YOU BUT IF THE DEVIL IS NOT COMING AT YOU I WOULD START TO FEAR FOR IF YOU REALLY KNOW JESUS YOU WILL KNOW THAT YOU KNOW HIM WHEN YOU SEE HIM HEAL THE BLIND YOU WONT EVEN THINK THAT HE DOES NOT HEAR YOUR PRAYER IF HE IS YOUR FIRST LOVE IN YOUR LIFE EVEN OVER YOUR FAMILY PRAISE HIM ALWAYS IN GOOD AND BAD FOR THIS LIFE IS JUST A VAPOR OF SMOKE HEAVEN AND HELL ARE NEVER ENDING FOR JESUS IS NOT A FAIRY TALE HE IS THE MOST REAL THING IN HEAVEN AND EARTH HE IS LOVE IT IS NOT HIS DESIRE THAT ANY ONE WOULD PARRISH INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE BUT HE GIVES YOU THE CHOISE IF YOU DO NOT KNOW HIM AND I DONT MEAN JUST HIS NAME I MEAN REALLY KNOW HIM I WOULD NOT WAIT ONE MORE MINUTE CALL OUT ON THE LORD JESUS AND ASK FOR FORGIVENESS OF ALL YOUR SINS FOR TODAY MAY BE YOUR LAST DAY ON TIS EARTH SEEK AND YOU SHALL FIND KNOCK AND THE DOOR INTO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN WILL OPEN THEN PRAYER IN THE THE NAME OF THE KING OF KINGS JESUS AND I THINK YOU WILL SEE THE RESULTS REMEBER PRAY WHEN YOU REALLY DO NOT WANT TO HE WAITING ON YOUR PRAYER GET CLOSE TO HIM AND HE WILL GET CLOSE TO YOU FOR HIS LOVE FOR YOU IS SO GREAT NO ONE COULD LOVE YOU MORE CALL ON THE NAME OF JESUS I LOVE YOU IN CHRIST

  7. #8 by jackycentiago- on November 29, 2009 - 12:04 am

    God is loving and just and perfect so whatever is ther result trust and obey is the key of AAAALLLLLLLLL,AMEN.
    IF YOU TRUST AND OBEY GENUINELY THEN DIE IS A GAIN,THIS LIFE IS ONLY PASSING BY.
    GOD BLESS YOU.
    JACKY CENTIAGO

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