Often times I’ve found myself (and my wife) in times of trouble, just like everybody else. Many of those times I’ve prayed for mercy, help, patience, anything to help me/us get through things and I find that the more I pray, the worse things get. With every prayer the stuff piles deeper.
I admit I’m not a saint and sometimes I may deserve to be humbled but to answer a prayer of succor with more suffering is…well, I don’t know what it is. Things don’t get any better until I end up screaming at God and all of heaven. Why would there be any reason for prayers to be answered with the opposite of what was asked for?