As a preteen, I prayed for Mom to get the wall-to-wall carpet she longed for. Later, my parents won a contest and received carpet for their living room and dining room. Mom was thrilled, and both parents considered me an incredible prayer warrior. 

I look back now and wonder if that was God’s encouragement. As an adult, I’ve had times prayer frustrated me. I prayed so hard and cared so deeply. Why didn’t God answer. 

My husband, Ray Simmons, a teaching elder at our church offers answers. 

The photo is an Olive tree in the Garden of Gethsemene

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