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A teenage boy, who stated openly that he didn’t believe in God, was asked why. “Our family was going through a very hard time,” he explained, “and I prayed that God would help us—but nothing happened.”

On the other hand, another family with a teenager was in great need. The father had been out of work for more than a year though he was actively seeking employment. His family prayed consistently for a job for him. His teenage daughter discussed the family’s problems with me (Bill Gothard), and I suggested some ideas for employment for her father. She then passed along these ideas to him.

In response, he carefully explained why each suggestion wouldn’t work. The girl’s hopes for a solution vanished. Later that day, she walked out to a quiet place, where she did more than pray. She cried out, “O, God, deliver my father from unemployment!” The next day the father was offered an excellent job and started work immediately.

"The Power of Crying Out," by Bill Gothard, page 39-40

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