“A Matter of Prayer to the Eternal God,” by Andrew J. Schatkin
Dear Friends, Christians and non-Christians and you of all faiths, creeds and views and opinions, I now will attempt to answer the question all Christians and all faith systems ask: Does god answer our prayers and how does he answer our prayers and petitions? When we pray and address our requests and thoughts to god, we all I think in the manner and mode of a child, for want of a better word, to get something from god. What we want could be the restoration of our health and the end of our suffering and pain and even that we be spared the onset of death. We might also want more material goods and money for our families. The issue that we are faced with when we pray and ask god for these goods and the restoration of our health does god give and grant us what we want? In short, the answer may not be what we want. God may wish us to know that he is a spirit and so he may tell us as the answer that materials goods are not and cannot be the answer. He may choose for us the end of our lives and our coming to joy and love of all the saints and angels and archangels and the holy trinity in the heavenly abode. He may want us to know and understand his answer to be crossing the bar of death to eternal life and love and joy in heaven in communion forever with Christ. That may be his answer as we suffer and approach the gates of death. If we are to expect, like children, gifts under the Christmas tree, that is not the answer of god to our prayers. We do not know what is good for us and god gives the answer to our prayers that is for our good that we may not understand. God answers our prayers in his own good time and fashion and that answer may not be what we want a mystery to us. The child may resist and be angry at being told what to do by his or parents for his or own good and so god answers our prayers knowing and understanding what is most good for us even death and the route to eternal life.