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 told us to plan a funeral because my dad had less than a year to live. . .

I remember so many times crying as I watched my father, one of the strongest people I knew, shake as he tried to raise a spoonful of soup to his lips and then put his head in his hands crying because he had no strength to do so. I watched a corpse-like figure instead of my healthy father go through chemo, radiation and all manner of sickness and there was not a single thing I could do to help him.

I had never felt so useless in my life. I didn’t know what to do.I had never felt so alone. I didn’t want my dad to leave me and my family.
I grabbed the scriptures and flipped open randomly to a verse which reads, “Yea, and cry unto God for all thy support;. . . yea, let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord; yea, let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever. Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good;. . .” These words hit me so hard that I immediately got on my knees and began to pray.

I don’t know how long I prayed, and I don’t know how many words I actually spoke as I cried. I just wanted to know that he was there and was aware of me. As I closed my prayer I felt someone give me a hug. I felt so much Love! He answered my prayer with a spirit of peace that everything would be all right. And it was.

My dad continued with radiation and chemo and we still had many moments that caused us to worry. But over time, the doctors were astonished as my dad, who had been told to plan a funeral, was getting stronger every day. He was a miracle patient! He was no longer a corpse without any strength in his body and soul! My dad is now a 5 year cancer survivor and is still going strong!

I know that God hears even the smallest of prayers and that he is there for us. I have a firm knowledge that God does hear and answer my prayers. He is aware of everything in my life and He Knows Me. Through the scriptures I was able to feel that for myself and then to have it confirmed as I acted upon the scripture and prayed. I know of the power that can be found in the scriptures. God does answer prayers. He answered mine. . .He will answer yours.

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