For several years I have really been struggling with this question and I hope that my friends here
at JWD Land can help me get my head straight. When I was an active JW I prayed several times a day
and thanked Jehovah for my food, my health, my family, my job, etc. I failed to realize that by doing
that it was rather presumptive on my part because I was putting myself above other JW's who lost
their jobs, some were dying of cancer, and some had very little to eat. If I had the things I thanked God for
then would that mean that God was blessing me and not my brothers who were struggling? Today JW's
think that they are God's Special People and that they have God's special blessing and that He watches
out over them. If that were the case why would God allow His people to be victims of murder, rape (even
by pedophiles in the congregation), and to loose their jobs? I know a pioneer brother who died of cancer
and it took him 4 painful months to die and he left behind 1 child with no life insurance. The congregation
prayed for his recovery in the beginning but our prayers fell on deaf ears. There was a case
a couple of years ago where 4 JW's were killed in a car accident while going from door to door preaching
about God. If we thank God for what we have in prayer are we putting ourselves above those that don't have
the daily necessities? Does God bless some people and not others or are we all just victims of circumstances?
If God doesn't do things to help us directly then what is the purpose of prayer? I need your input.
Thanking you in advance for your help.