How God Answers Prayers

Christ declared: “Amen, amen I say to you, if you ask the Father anything in My name, He will give it to you. . . . Ask and you shall receive.” (Jn 16:23, 24) On another occasion He said: “Every one that asketh, receiveth, and he that seeketh, findeth, and to him that knocketh it shall be opened” (Mt 7:8). . . . Father Girardey remarks: “Who but a divine Person could have made so generous a promise and been able and absolutely reliable to keep it faithfully?”

“God wills our salvation, for St. Paul says: ‘God willeth all men to be saved’ (1 Tm 2:4).” He is “ever willing and ready to help us to do all that is necessary for our salvation, if we only ask Him for His assistance. . . . And if we do not obtain His help, it is because we do not want it, for, if we did, we would surely ask it of Him.”

“God will not save us against our will, for He has endowed us with a free will and ever respects our free will and never will deprive it of its freedom. To be saved, we must have the sincere desire, the will to be saved. If we have this and nourish this sincere desire, this will, we shall devote ourselves to the work of our salvation, and finding the work above our weak, unaided efforts, we shall pray God to help us in this most arduous work, and the more earnest and persistent our prayer, the more powerful will be His help, and His help added to our own earnest exertions will enable us to secure our place in heaven for all eternity. . . . Hence if we are not saved, but are lost, we shall have only ourselves to blame for not having done what we could do to be saved. Wherefore, God says to the lost sinner: ‘Destruction is thy own (work), Israel; thy help is only in Me’ (Hos 13:9).”

“To do our share in the work of our salvation, we need to have the earnest desire, the firm determination to be saved, cost what it may. If we lack this earnest desire, this firm determination, let us persistently pray God for it, and He will grant it to us.”

Quotations from Ferreol Girardey, Prayer: Its Necessity, Its Power, Its Conditions (St. Louis: B. Herder, 1916).

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