Religion and prayer in a bad economy

It is not an easy question to answer. Perhaps it is not an easy question to ask. How does the Lord view our suffering in a bad economy, and do economic hardships cause the Lord to suffer?

Do humans remember that we will not be given more than we can bear? We often ask if our prayers will be answered, so if people pray for relief, and it does not come, are people disillusioned?

The Lord will answer our prayers, but perhaps not immediately, or in the way we invisioned.

Granted, the world economy of today is only a small problem compared to world wars, famine, and disease of many years ago. The Lord delivered a solution, but not an instantaneous reply.

“Two things I ask of you, O Lord. Do not refuse me before I die: (1) Keep falsehood and lies far from me; and (2) Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I might have too much and disown you and say ‘Who is the Lord?’; or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God’” (Prov. 30:7-9 NIV).

While we pray for a solution to our personal problems we must remember that humans are given free will. By the same token, we cannot control other people on this earth. Yes, some people filled us with falsehoods and lies, and perhaps we made the best possible decision at the time.

The Lord did not foresake us. Those who received the Holy Spirit were not abandoned. Perhaps it is a hard time in heaven too, as the Lord watches His people suffer.

Scholars may debate the answers I am unable to give. But for now it is good to know that the Lord and Holy Spirit are with me through the good times and the bad.