Christians know, or should at least be aware, that prayers lined up with God's will are answered. The tricky part is the "when." God, in His infinite perfection, only knows the right timing of answered prayers. Full surrender to Him breeds patience in us. Patience is difficult for our human understanding, especially when what we are praying for is perceived, by our own minds, to be urgent.
When tragedy strikes, in our sadness and sorrow, there are a few choices to make. In our despair, we may give up, use temporary aids to forget, or turn to God.
In our lifetime, sorrow is part and parcel of our makeup as humans. It is inevitable in this wretched world, but our reaction of survival to troubles or sadness, is what makes us stronger. Situations may look hopeless but submerging ourselves in the presence of God and praying for his protection and guidance may only be manifested through spiritual strength. A wise person will turn away from bitterness to God because he/she knows who is larger than, or more powerful than, any problem that exists.
We never should give up. God will take care of the "when" in His time and He is the only help available in our time of need. God is the end all, be all. We have to stand by His blessed assurance. God will always come through for us.
As Paul said, "Therefore, put on every piece of God's armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm." Ephesians 6:13
Until my next rant... LOVE ONE ANOTHER!