Do We Listen When God Answers Our Prayers?

By Mical C. I thought I had found the perfect job. I was about to complete my medical training and had been searching for a group to join in an area where my wife and children could be happy. I went on the first interview and found the partners in the group to be sincere, dedicated professionals. They enjoyed both the clinical aspects of their jobs as well as the opportunity to teach doctors in training. The community was fairly close to my parents and my wife’s parents. The environment was b...
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Does Prayer Make Life Easier?

By Julia G Here we go again! I wake up, look around my room and everything’s packed up in boxes. I guess we’re ready to move. The big truck opens the back door for us to fill that empty space. I’m used to by though, I’m 21 years old and I’ve moved about 14 times. And although I don’t consider myself as a numbers person, what they imply practically defines who I am. I’m a traveler, a learner of cultures—and a 20-year-old still coping with change. It’s the same every single time: we get to o...
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Does God expect me to be perfect?

By Heather S. I’m the oldest child in my family and growing up I always felt extra pressure and expectations to be perfect in everything I do. I worked hard and put all my effort into my schooling, my church and extracurricular activities. My siblings looked up to me so much and I wanted to be worthy of their praise and adulation.  My friends and family all acknowledged my successes and my positive attitude on life.  Consequently, I felt more pressure to uphold all of their expectations. I...
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Does Prayer Really Work?

By Lauren W. As a child, I was taught to pray several times a day. Before I knew most nursery rhymes, I knew how to follow my mother as she prayed. Soon I was able to tell God on my own every night as I knelt next to my bed what was happening in my life, the things I was grateful for, and ask for help accomplishing the things I lacked . I grew older and daily prayer became natural, and I felt myself drawing closer to God. Just as I would talk to and seek counsel from my own parents, I bega...
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Does God Answer Prayers?

By Tara H. I was always taught growing up that there is a God, our Loving Heavenly Father, and that he hears every prayer given from the lips of his children. I didn't realize how true that was until high school. I was a senior in high school. My sister was now in remission from fighting breast cancer. The world was finally looking brighter until my parents called us kids together one evening. We were told that my dad had been diagnosed with stage four esophageal cancer and the doctors had...
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Why Do We Need to Pray?

By Tiffany There have been several occasions in my life when I have been asked this question. Out of curiosity, I did a short search to see how others have answered it, and here are some of the answers that have been offered: 1. To come to know God and build a relationship with Him 2. To ask for strength, healing, or to make requests or petitions 3. To come to understand God's will for us 4. Because we are commanded to do so In addition to these, I wish to offer my own thoughts on wh...
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