I’m not sure if I am putting this question in the correct thread, but here it is:
How do you know if God has answered a prayer? Is it possible for a prayer to be too detailed/specific? Is a prayer still answered if God does not answer every specific of the prayer?
For the past year I have been struggling with discerning a vision God revealed to me in 2011, which I believe manifested in 2012, which he told me it would. I was supposed to meet a particular person, I had never met or seen in my life, who would be very important to my future. I believe I met this person in 2012 and I have been praying about it and I have been receiving what I presume to be “yes” signs. However, these answers do not follow the specifics of what I prayed, most of the time, I also admit to disobeying Gods warning to me and doing something he told me not to, 3 times! numerous times, out of anxiety and not trusting Him, I had strayed from my faith for a while… So, I’m afraid he withdrew this blessing and I’m just imagining I’m receiving “Yes” signs.
For instance, a week ago I prayed to God, silently in my head, that on October 31st, Halloween I would see a child dressed as Cleopatra (yes sign, if this person is who I saw and to be what God told me they would be) or a child dressed as the Hulk (no sign, this person is not who I saw and are not the person God told me they would be). I also prayed, in case I saw both, that who ever I saw first would be the answer; so if I saw a child dressed as Cleopatra then looked over and saw a child dressed as the Hulk, the answer would be “yes” and visa versa. However, I did not put myself where there would be trick or treaters, I had the opportunity to, but my thought was if God wanted to make something happen he would. So, October 31st goes by and I see neither sign. Then 2 days later, I am browsing online and come across a randomly placed reference to Cleopatra, I of course think nothing of it, then a few hours later I am at my uncles house and one of my cousins friends starts talking about the Hulk.
A similar situation occurred this past August, when I prayed that the next time I saw this person I would hear them say the word purple (yes sign) and black (no sign), and that the color of there clothing would not mean anything. I also prayed I would not remember the prayer and would be caught by surprise when I saw them. A few weeks go by and I see them, wearing black, I don’t talk to them, and I ended up turning up the music on my I-pod so I would not eavesdrop on there conversation! having forgotten my prayer. Then a few minutes after they leave I remember the prayer and realize I didn’t listen to see if they said the yes or no sign. A few hours later, on the same day, I’m at this other store and one of the woman I know (J) is talking to this other woman (H) about knitted hats someone they know (T) is making. Then, H asks what color hat T is knitting and J says “purple”.
Would these situations be delayed and modified, answers to my prayers or just coincidences?