From the Wisdom Legacy of Paramahansa YoganandaEven true devotees think sometimes that God does not answer their prayers. He does answer silently, through His laws; but until He is absolutely sure of the devotee He will not answer openly, He will not talk to the devotee. The Lord of Universes is so humble that He does not speak, lest in so doing He influence the devotee’s use of free will to choose or reject Him.
God Responds Through Fulfilment of DesiresA prayer that is strong and deep will definitely receive God’s answer.…At one time or another, everyone has found some desire fulfilled through prayer. When your will is very strong it touches the Father, and the Father wills that your desire be fulfilled.
Sometimes His Response Is “No”People think God doesn’t respond to their prayers because they don’t understand that God sometimes answers differently from what they expect or ask for. He will not always answer according to their wishes until they have fulfilled His desire for their perfection.
Experience of Peace and Joy Is God’s ResponseIf you repeatedly call on Him with ever deeper concentration, He will answer your prayer. A joy and peace will strike your heart. When that comes, you know that you are communing with God.
God’s Response Can Come as an Intuitive Solution to a ProblemThere are two ways in which our needs can be taken care of. One is the material. For example, when we have ill health we can go to a doctor for medical treatment. But a time comes when no human aid can help. Then we look to the other way, to the Spiritual Power, the Maker of our body, mind, and soul. Material power is limited, and when it fails, we turn to the unlimited Divine Power. Likewise with our financial needs; when we have done our best, and still it is inadequate, we turn to that other Power.… When we are hit with difficulties we react upon our environment first, making whatever material adjustments we believe may help. But when we come to the point of saying, “Everything I have tried so far has failed; what to do next?” we start to think hard about a solution. When we think deeply enough, we find an answer within. This is one form of answered prayer.
God Responds by Surcharging Your Own Will Power for SuccessPour forth will power continuously through constructive actions. When you persist, refusing to accept failure, the object of will must materialize. When you continuously work that will through your thoughts and activities, what you are wishing for has to come about. Even though there is nothing in the world to conform to your wish, when your will persists, the desired result will somehow manifest. In that kind of will lies God’s answer; because will comes from God, and continuous will is divine will.
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