I haven't seen much evidence of answered prayer. Outside of small (or big) coincidences, can you site clear evidence for miraculous intervention in your life. Not over long spans of time, but instant and unexplainable acts that really can't be denied. I need prayer answered in my life in a major way. Maybe seeing some true examples can help me along. Thanks.
When I was younger, I wanted to be picked in school to go to the auction as a bidder for my class. Being auctioned was cakes. Names were drawn from a hat.I prayed I'd be picked, and as soon as I said Amen, my name was drawn.
My cousin was sick and we prayed he'd make it for his wedding. He got better a day before his wedding.
These are small things but very significant.
To be brief, I've been battling masturbation and porn for years. I learned how to masturbation at a young age and growing up it had become my stress relief, and porn just came with it.
In May, the desire had disappeared. This came after going to after going to confession on a First Saturday. I had been going to confession weekly for 4 years, along with Rosaries and Holy Hours fighting this vice where I could barely go a few days without committing this mortal sin. I would say I'm in recovering alcoholic mode; the compulsion is gone, but given my free will, I could turn around and start doing it again, but why when I've been given a clean slate?
If you want your major prayer answered, let go of the answer you want it to be and be open to whatever God has in store nor can you be discouraged if it's not answered right away. Hopefully all will be well :] God bless.
I came down with pneumonia and that led to a series of things. It became practically impossible for me to attend my final semester at college without paying an absurd amount of money. I spent months asking the college to find some way for me to work things out but I got a resounding NO from every department I asked. Even my academic deans told me that nobody in my situation had been able to get a successful petition. It was a big headache and I really didn't know what to do. Even though I got the loan for the tuition, it would mean a lot of chaos for my household especially with the unexpected medical bills and roof damage.
I left another petition letter to my dean and afterwards, went to a Healing Mass and prayed. I asked God to help me because I don't know how I could move on and do anything in the future with such a heavy financial burden. But I told him that I trusted Him and asked Him to help me trust Him with great confidence because I was getting physically nervous. I asked Mary, the saints and the angels (and everybody in the book) to petition my cause.
Then, the next morning (which is actually this morning for me), I got a phone call and a few lengthy email messages telling me that the Head Dean decided to make an exception for my circumstances. Praise be to God!
I don't know if this helps but I don't believe that this was a coincidence at all. Nobody else in my situation has managed to get the school to make an exception.
Well, first of all, I don't believe in 'coincidences', large or small. I call them God-incidences.
Also, I've come to realize that God almost always answers my prayers and sometimes His answer is, "No." We tend to only think that if we get a positive outcome then God answered our prayer, but if it's a negative outcome, then He didn't answer it. The thing is, God loves us much, much more than our earthly fathers do, yet how often do our earthly fathers tell us, "No"? In my case it was a whole lot, because my Dad was pretty tough, but I never doubted his love for me.
But, to answer your original question. I've been under no small amount of stress this past month because I have a son with schizophrenia and he'd been having some bad episodes. After he recovered a bit, I checked the website of one of my favorite national shrines with the intention of a quiet getaway for a couple of days, to think and relax and spend some serious time in prayer. Lo and behold, the banner across the top of their website was advertising a conference specifically for families who deal with loved ones with mental illnesses! The conference is right there on the grounds, reasonably priced and half-price hotel rates.
I'd been praying to God for strength and wisdom to know how to best help my son. Coincidence? Never! Nothing could ever convince me that God didn't answer my prayer in the most direct of ways.
He doesn't have to tell me twice...I leave tomorrow. :)
Every single new day.