First, as background, I lost my mother to cancer in January - it has been almost 6 months without her. I prayed constantly for her recovery, healing, and peace, but ultimately cancer took her life. I’m struggling to understand why we are called to pray - to ask St. Jude, St. Peregrine, and Mother Mary to intercede on our behalf, to ask God to heal the sick, if there is a master plan or divine intention for suffering. It hurts to see people posting about God healing their children, etc., and thanking others for their prayers, when I prayed faithfully for my mom. I’m also tired of hearing that God makes good things out of bad…I’m sorry but there is no upside to losing your mom. I’m struggling to pray and find my faith again when my world has fallen apart.
Do our prayers effect change? Do they make a difference? What does the Faith say about prayers vs. God’s plan?
I hope my question makes sense and I thank you for your time.