I monitored the results of my prayers by keeping a prayer journal.
After a short time, I became disturbed. It appeared as though my prayers were making things worse for many of the people for whom I was praying B for instead of better! Upset, I asked the Lord if I should quit praying for people B because my prayers seemed to cause more trouble for them than they already were having!
Jesus answer was to give me a little vision. Or maybe it was a dream. I saw myself taking a toaster needing to be repaired into a repair shop. (Now, in my youth people got things repaired, instead of throwing them away when they broke, so repair shops were pretty common. Today, we mainly fix cars.)
I set the thing on the counter. The repairman began taking the appliance apart right front of me. Soon it lay in pieces on the counter. He had torn it apart! The appliance looked worse than when I brought it to him. I wanted to panic, but the vision/dream changed.
Then I saw a person laid on a table, with people around the person. Everyone in the room was covered in white garments, including the patient. Everything looked very clean. I recognized it as a surgical operating room. One person took a sharp knife and began to cut into the person’s middle, laying open their flesh. If I had not known about modern surgery, I would have thought they were killing the person!
I heard the Lord ask me what I learned from the two visions. I replied, AWell, I took the appliance to the repairman trusting he knew how to fix it, but seeing him tear it apart I began to panic. However, I quickly realized out he might have to tear the thing apart to fix it. It would be silly to panic.
Likewise, IF I had lived in a time where surgery was unknown, my fear for the person being cut open would be justified. Modern surgery, however, often fixes a person=s body. I needed to trust the repairman and surgeon. I need to trust You, Lord.
The lesson from both episodes was the same: Trust the Lord, Creator of me and you, to be able to fix us when we ask Him. If things get worse before they get better, trust Him. It may be a sign He is answering your prayers.
The Holy Spirit also taught me that praying for others is just like fixing an appliance or modern medicine. Sometimes answers to prayer are quick and simple B like tightening a loose screw in an appliance or putting a bandage on a cut. Think about a car which quits running. It may be as simple as running out of fuel or gasoline. But the problem in could be a major one requiring the expert to tear things apart and rebuild.
Then it is more complex and time‑consuming to gain an answer. It often looks worse before it gets better. And the worse off the person is, the riskier and longer it may be to get them whole.