philosophy

The Substance of Prayer

by Howard Hain

 

Thomas Eakins Carmelita Requena 1869 American Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1844-1916

Thomas Eakins (American, 1844–1916), “Carmelita Requena” (1869) (The Met)

 

How do we know if our prayer is answered?

When we no longer remember what we requested. When we discoverer inexplicable peace and experience inexplicable joy—even though we ride a hot, crowded, slow-moving subway car and have no idea if the specific circumstances surrounding our lives have changed in the least.

We know God is real, His will is perfect, and He never abandons us. We know we don’t need to understand. We know that somehow the peace and joy within us are actually related to our lack of understanding. We trust. We believe. We know “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” *

We know we’ve been blessed.

We know our faith has increased.

We know God has answered our prayer.


 

“Pray constantly.”

“Hold on to what is good.”

—1 Thessalonians 5:17,21

 


 

Howard Hain is a contemplative layman, husband, and father.

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* Hebrews 11:1

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