Bah! Prayers had nothing to do with it. If God truly listened to the prayers of the Orthodox Christians in Russia and Eastern Europe communism would have fell long ago. Not to mention all of the prayers of the Orethodox and non-Orthodox throughout history to stop any godless and cruel regime.
Prayers don't work when it comes to global issues (and maybe not even personally!)
God has his own agenda.
I very strongly disagree, Tom.
God does hear and answer prayers; but you are right about His having His own agenda - His will. That should be our agenda, too.
God's agenda is LOVE, and it is always the best thing for us, even if it means temporary suffering.
When I was a little boy and my parents took me to the beach, I would walk out into the surf as far as I could go. Before I got too far, my dad would pull me back. I would kick and scream and protest because I wanted to go out to the big waves. I did not understand the dangers. My plan seemed the right one at the time, but it would have drowned me.
Just as my father knew far more than I about the ocean and what it could do to me, God knows infinitely more about life and what is necessary for those He loves.
We should just trust Him.
But we will continue to kick and scream and protest, no doubt.