The workings of the universe and everything in it is beyond human comprehension. By faith, Christians believe that when something goes well it is God who answered their prayers. Other religions may believe in other supernatural and inexplicable phenomena like fate or other gods.
Because if it the turnout is in their favor, it must be a loving god answering prayers. If it isn't, Satan is just throwing obstacles in your path because you're such a good believer. You're trying to tell me there isn't a constant supernatural battle in a different dimension over desires I whisper to myself? Are you delusional or something?
You have kind of answered your own question. To be faithful is to be full of faith. The essence of faith is belief. Once it is proven you no longer have faith, you have knowledge and evidence. God bless
raven, good question. As a believer there are no coincidences that happen in my life. If the answer to my prayer is yes, no, or not now, it all happens with God's knowledge. He has eternal perspective and total control. "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, and are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28
There is LITERALLY an answer book. it's called the Bible! EVERYTHING you have questions about is in there. also, I suggest using a study Bible. (its designed especially to make it easy to find exactly what you want to read about)
A friend of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer. She sent me a message on Facebook explaining it to me. She explained that her boyfriend was an atheist, and she told me this about her cancer: "I got diagnosed with interductal breast cacner in August and September 3rd I had my first lumpectomy and we thought it was all good and down, but then we found the second lump behind where the first one was in November. December 3rd I got it removed. Its spreading. I've been doing fractional-dose chemotherapy. I'm losing my hair slowly. And my doctor said I have a year if this isn't gone in a few months. So there's my story." (My answer continues in the comments)
I saw this question, and then I answered it in another thread. Just noticed that both were related to ravenevan. But I think it's appropriate to post that answer here:
This is a very good question, To be honest, sometimes I think some of my fellow Christians are overly presumptuous in crediting God for every little thing that happens. I'm not saying that He didn't or that He couldn't have, I'm just questioning their objectivity. I don’t think God micromanages our lives, even when we ask Him to. That said, there have been times in my life where God worked in my life in a way that I could not have done myself. I will give an example.