September 15: Does God hear written prayers?

Daniel W. Whittle
Daniel W. Whittle

While there were many blessed events at the Fulton Street Prayer Meeting, prayers did not have to ‘arrive’ at the meeting to be answered. The Prayer Meeting was not how some people treat the Western Wall – as a place of ‘special’ power. Rather, it is the one prayed to not the prayer itself or the means of the prayer. Prayers do not need to be verbal – they can even be written if that helps you concentrate! Here’s an account of a written prayer from Daniel Whittle:

An incident was related at one of the meetings by a clergyman who had written a telegram asking for prayers. God heard it before it was sent.

“When we were in Switzerland, my daughter was taken very ill, so that the doctor despaired of her life. I felt the need of sympathy and help and prayer, and I made up my mind that I would send a telegraphic dispatch to this meeting, where I had so often united with you in prayer. I wrote the dispatch and was prepared to send it, when all at once there was poured out such a joyful faith and confidence in God on me as I never felt before in all my life, and I fell on my knees in devout thanksgiving for the assurance that God gave me that he had heard and answered our prayers, for we had prayed for that dear daughter’s life. There lay the telegram ready to be sent. There I was waiting and praying. In less than half an hour my wife came into the room and said, ‘There is a change for the better in our daughter,’ and the telegram was never sent, though I believe the writing of it was the prayer that God answered.”

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