There is thus no safety in prayer. Our prayers will thrust us into the action — into relationships, causes institutions, conflicts, and needs —all of which will demand our time, our resources, even our lives. The answers we pray for will involve us, change us, and redirect the course of our lives.…Most of our prayers fall short because they are too cautious and conservative. We want problems to disappear but not necessarily be solved; we want symptoms to be treated while the disease continues to progress; we want conflicts to be smoothed over, though the underlying issues remain untouched. We long for convenience and security.
-Jerry Sittser | When God Doesn’t Answer Your Prayer