Every day we pray for all kinds of things, but not all of our prayers are answered during our timetable or in the way we’re hoping.
Scoutmaster Tony Rogerson experienced this very thing. “I was a Scoutmaster leading 20 young men and two leaders on an activity trip in southern Utah, USA.”
On the road to the campsite, he lost his way, but this did not deter him. He got out of his car – got on his knees – and pleaded for heavenly assistance.
Rogerson arose from his knees expecting to be shown where he, the Scouts, and the two leaders should go. However, to his utter dismay, no pathway was revealed unto him.
Sometimes Heavenly Father doesn’t answer our prayers immediately. Sometimes he makes us wait. After all, he has given us agency to make our own decisions.
Counsel from an Apostle
In a General Conference talk from October 1989, Elder Richard G. Scott gave this counsel in regards to how Heavenly Father occasionally answers prayers:
“When He withholds an answer, it is to have us grow through faith in Him, obedience to His commandments, and a willingness to act on truth. We are expected to assume accountability by acting on a decision that is consistent with His teachings without prior confirmation. We are not to sit passively waiting or to murmur because the Lord has not spoken. We are to act.”
At some point in our lifetime, we will be faced with difficult decisions. As we turn to the Lord seeking his counsel, we might not always get the answer we want in that moment.
Acting in faith
Imagine how the brother of Jared must have felt when the answer he received to his prayer was this: “What will ye that I should do that ye may have light in your vessels?” As far as we know, the brother of Jared wasn’t an electrician, but that didn’t stop him.
He moved forward and acted. He presented sixteen stones to the Lord to light, and we all know what happened next.
When we pray and are unsure of what to do, we should follow Elder Scott’s counsel to act.
That’s exactly what the Scoutmaster did with his troop in southern Utah. The group made plans to eat at a local restaurant and stay overnight at the motel in town. They acted.
Suddenly, a flash of light illuminated the sky, large rain clouds were accompanied by great bolts of lightning. The path he had searched for all night became visible to him. He could see the way – his prayer had been answered – and he knew it.
Author: Kimball Vaughn | PR Marketing Associate, Utah National Parks Council I’m a Super Super Senior studying PR at BYU. During my first five years at BYU, I’ve been an avid exercise enthusiast, chef, and adventurer.