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Anonymous: Moses Praying (from Zurich Bible)
Does God answer prayers?
God answers all of our prayers even before they are made. In his one, unchanging act that is his being, God offers us in every moment, if we will only accept it, a share in his life and the possibility of growth in that life. This divine gift empowers us to do everything that needs be done.
God never takes over in our lives, never acts for us, but gives is in every moment the strength to assume responsibility for who we are and what we need to do.
Prayer does not change God but gives us the opportunity to change our own lives through his life and power as we focus in on our needs and the needs of all of our sisters and brothers.
When we pray for our sisters and brothers in their sickness and trials, through our prayer we should recognize that God helps all of us in every situation with divine life and power. Our prayer may very well encourage those for whom we pray to be responsive to God’s gift of his life.