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|perseverance?||Constance||Sunday, January 6, 2008|
The other day I went with him for a drink to give him my Xmas present. Within the present there was a St. Benedict medal (blessed). When I gave him a blessed angel figure two months ago we were not in contact for over a month. His reaction to the medal was a complete unease, disturbance and he asked me why I kept giving him such things for protection. He believes that those things disturbe good "forces" he already receives from the women that loves him very much. He did not say that he loved her, never!
I told him that good forces would never disturbe good forces, and that there are either good or bad ones. He did not understand. He just said that his life had become a bit of a mess since we started our relationship. He was not completely negative about me. He is just worried about my forces.
What I want to make sure is - have my prayers affected him? Has it really been fruitful?
In fact, I think that these theory about forces does not come from him. I think that that relationship has been disturbed. I cannot tell him what is going on.
Do you think there is a progress here? Has God really heard my prayers? I also pray for his conversion. He is a very good person but totally lost.
Could you say just a little prayer for him. I think God really listens to you. Thank you and God bless you!
|Question Answered by Bro. Ignatius Mary, OLSM
You need to persevere in prayer for this man, but not get involved with him too deeply.
God hears and answers all prayers. You can be assured of that. What kind of Father ignores his children. God hears your prayers and He answers them -- but you may not be aware of the answers or given the privilege of seeing its benefits and effects.
A focused interest in wanting to know for sure that your prayers are influencing this man are not proper. In fact, it is an element of pride. It is not for you to know the affects of your prayers; it is enough for you to pray. The affects of your prayers is God's business between Himself and this man.
We will not see benefits from most of our prayer for others. Benefits and effects of our prayers may be not take obvious flower for decades, perhaps not until after our death, or on the deathbed of the person we are praying for. We rarely see the effects of our intercessory prayers. It is our job to pray, to plant seed and let God worry about the sprouting and flowering of that seed.
Continue to pray for this man. Persevere. Do not worry about the effects of your prayers. Just pray.
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