The Watchtower—Study Edition | May 2023
STUDY ARTICLE 21
How Jehovah Answers Our Prayers
14 A sister named Soo Hing felt that Jehovah helped her by means of her doctor. Her son suffers from several mental health problems. When he was involved in a terrible accident, she and her husband resigned from their work to care for him. As a result, they had financial problems. Soo Hing said that she felt like a rubber band that was stretched to the limit. She poured out her heart to Jehovah, asking him for help. The consulting doctor took an interest in their case. This led to their receiving government assistance and an affordable place to live. Afterward, Soo Hing said: “We saw Jehovah’s hand in this matter. He truly is the ‘Hearer of prayer.’”—Ps. 65:2.
Soo Hing and her husband have financial problems. ( who doesn't?) She prays to Jehovah for help. Jehovah answers her prayers by having the consulting doctor take an interest in her case. They receive government assistance and an affordable place to live.
Jehovah answers their simple prayer.
7 We may need to change what we pray for as we discern Jehovah’s will more clearly. Consider the example of Martin Poetzinger. Soon after getting married, Brother Poetzinger was imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp. At first, he asked Jehovah to let him out of the concentration camp so that he could care for his wife and resume his preaching work. However, after two weeks, he saw no indication that Jehovah was opening the way for him to leave. So he began praying: “Jehovah, please show me what you want me to do.” He then began to think about what the other brothers in the camp were going through. Many of them were very worried about their own wife and children. Brother Poetzinger then prayed: “Jehovah, thank you for my new assignment. Help me to strengthen and encourage my brothers.” He spent the next nine years in the camps doing exactly that!
Martin Poetzinger prays to Jehovah for his release from a ''CONCENTRATION CAMP.''
Does Jehovah hear Martin's prayers and release Martin from a brutal Nazi concentration camp? NOPE!
Jehovah has Martin spending nine years in the concentration camp, with the happy assignment of strengthening and encouraging the brothers, instead of caring for his wife and be a free man!