All prayers are answered; this relationship is all there is – ask and receive. The trouble is, however, that we humans have somehow decided that we know how a prayer should be answered, and how long that should take. It seems that most people tend to think that if it doesn’t begin raining immediately after the prayer, they were either ignored by God, or prayer simply doesn’t work.
Time is just a concept we created to quantify the distance between our actions, prayers, or thoughts (cause), and the answers or results (effect). The greater the distance between cause and effect, the more likely we are to give-up on our prayer being answered, or to begin to doubt the entire process. Doubt kills expectancy; and the death of expectancy leads to a feeling of failure.
When humans judge something as a failure, a new belief system is established that a particular thing simply doesn’t work. This type of belief – a belief in failure – will render prayer practically useless because it will discourage the use of prayer (“This is a waste of time!”) and, when prayer is consciously engaged in, it will not have the expectancy behind it that allows for the instant manifestation of the answer, in a form we recognize as an answer.”
Pete Koerner, in “The Belief Formula”
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