It is unfortunate that when our lives are happy, we do not think of God, or pray daily. But when we suffer emotionally or physically we tend to turn toward God. We tend to hold on to the belief that God will help us. Many of us consciously know that God will not help us; but we hold on to that remote chance. What makes us hold on to this hope?
Many of us want to believe that we have a protector that loves us and helps us. This belief may derive from the care that our parents gave us. We have a plethora of stories in our sacred books where God helped our ancestors thousands of years ago. But many of us have not experienced those miracles, and blessings.
It is a hope there is a benevolent God who hears our message. How soothing it is to clasp our hands praying upwards toward God, “Please help me, and I will do anything you ask, please, please help me” Some would say that this action of talking to someone, even to an uncertain God, lessens our suffering.
When does God interfere in our lives? Does he divert the bullet to protect the innocent victim? Or is God a spectator in our lives. Does God choose not to help us? From what is occurring in the world, God is either a spectator, nonexistent, or chooses not to help at this time. The evil people of the world continue to prey upon the good. If God existed, and is good, would you not expect that God would help the good people, and punish the evil people?
But despite the evidence of God’s non-actions, we continue to pray when we suffer. Ironically, suffering and inconveniences in our lives may be the connection to God, and to our salvation. We continue to pray, especially when we suffer.