The Community of St Hugh was set up to pray in, with and for the diocese of Lincolnshire. Here, a member shares details on how she prays and how God answers those prayers.   

The contributor writes:

"We have had quite a lot of discussion recently about how God answers our prayers.

"Each week we pray and ask him to solve everything from the most complicated problems to simple personal needs. When prayers are answered in the way we would like we usually accept the decision, get on with our lives, and forget to thank God. If the prayer is not answered we blame God and maybe grumble, but later realise that He had more insight into the problem than we did and his solution is much better than ours. 

"We are more thankful if the outcome of a major problem is better than we hoped. A friend of mine recently asked us to pray for her daughter-in-law who was suddenly diagnosed with cancer and needed major surgery. A lot of prayer took place and recently we have heard that the operation was successful, no further treatment is needed and the couple can now go ahead with plans to move to a new part of the country and plan their retirement. What a wonderful outcome for them, and we all thank God for this. 

"Sometimes our requests are much more simple. This morning I was going to church and the car was frozen solid inside and out. That could have been a perfect excuse not to go, but the challenge was to melt the ice and get moving. After about fifteen minutes of de-icing, scraping and wiping I was able to see through the windscreen and set off,  arriving with about two minutes to spare. I said a silent "thank you" as I went through the door and enjoyed worship with a few friends in spite of masks and social distancing. Sometimes the answer to prayer is in our own hands, but we need something inside to urge us on.

"I do feel God is with us and gives us strength to face our difficulties if we ask him. As Jesus said "knock and the door will be opened to you" but if we don't knock we cannot expect the door to open."