Beliefnet and US News asked readers to 'Describe any times when your prayers were answered.' Here are some of their responses.
My son is deployed to Iraq. He wasn't due to come home for R & R for a variety of reasons. My husband's brother was killed but my son was still not able to come home because the fighting was too intense. My son surprised me on my doorstep Thanksgiving Day. I know what an answer to a prayer looks like.
I lost a 4-year-old and I was overwhelmed with guilt and grief. For months I was depressed and was taking anti-depressants and just crawling through the days, I asked God to help me overcome this grief and give me peace and forgiveness for the person who ran over my child. I had a great deal of bitterness in me because I couldn't understand why God would have took my son. It was through prayer and prayer only that brought me out of it. The lord answered my prayer by reminding me of something my 4-yr-old would always say. He would always grab my face whenever I said "I love you" to him and say "With all your heart, right?" This made me realize my grief was not for him but for me only, he was in God's hands and I needed to stop griefing and live.
My prayer to stop smoking, was answered right away. The nicotine addiction was gone immediately after I prayed.
Prayers of protection were answered when something told me to look up from a dead stop behind another vehicle turning to see a car behind me unable to stop. I pulled over to the sholder at the last minute (something I normally would have not thought to do...) to witness a five car crash, which would have been seven and a eighteen wheeler, had not a pregnant woman behind me followed my lead so the truck behind her had room to stop.
Peace flows into my heart every time i offer prayer and praises to Allah.
Prayed for car for my daughter who had a great need but not a lot of money. Asked the Lord to send her a reliable car that she could afford. The next day in talking to coworker she mentioned that she was selling her second car. Price was right and deal happened.
For me prayer is being in harmony with the universe. When I am in harmony with it my prayers are answered.
God healed me of a heart condition and cancer.
When I was looking for a new job, when God has protected me from harm, when God has healed or improved the health of a loved one, and once in a while--when I really need a parking space.
Well, my wife and I prayed for children when we got married, 27 years ago, but we never got any, so we adopted. Today we are caring for 4 grandkids (aged 5 months to 10 years), being both their grandparents and foster parents. So God did answer our prayers, he said "Later, when you're more mature."
After my son's death in 1993, I told God I could not go on living. The hurt was too much, I did not want to live, it was hard to get up each morning and face another day. God answered me in prayer one day while I was looking out a window, and he said "Live each day as if he was coming back on that day." Well, that's how I've been able to cope with life, from that day on...
My prayers are for guidance, wisdom and strength to deal with problems in life--not for specific outcomes. I believe those prayers are always answered, because the act of praying creates the state of mind that I seek. "Prayer doesn't change things: Prayer changes people, and people change things."
When my husband came into my life. i saw him across the room and knew he was the answer to my prayers...
There are too many to detail them all but often they are things like finding the right thing to say when someone is in crisis. For example, I had a dear friend who was struggling with how to handle an abusive spouse and I prayed for wisdom and the words to give her the courage she needed. Suddenly, without knowing where the words were coming from, I started speaking to her and what I said went straight to her heart and gave her the courage she required.
I prayed for three coworkers at different times especially when I knew I will be working with them during that particular shift (without their knowing, of course) and sure enough, each of them would behave very differently--in a more positive way that would make the team work better!
When traveling as a missionary in Africa, I saw prayers answered in marvelous ways. When village folks asked us to pray for rain so that their crops could be planted, dark clouds came out of a clear sky within hours and poured rain--in dry season. Those who wished to hinder the Gospel from being preached were removed from the picture (died) within minutes when the issue was addressed in prayer.
I was eloping in a week with my fiancee and didn't have a wedding dress because I couldn't afford one. My mom was upset that she couldn't afford to buy me a dress and she cried all night. I prayed to Jehovah God that he comfort my mom and she prayed that somehow someone would lend her some money in order to buy me a wedding dress. The following morning, my mom found a brand new princess wedding dress worth at least a few thousand dollars in the garbage can outside of my building complex.
My prayers are answered every day! The Good Lord allows me to wake up, breath, smell and see my surroundings, and hear all his marvelous sounds.
A year ago I had not job & was almost homeless. This year, I have a great job, new fantastic apartment!! Oh yeah--I asked for a new boyfriend & God sent me a male Kittie!! See he does have a sense of humour!!
Yahweh answered my prayers for a good relationship with my former stepson. It was a FANTASTIC change!
An injury to my knee was spontaneously healed after doctors had given up.