I struggle with the dynamics of agency, life as it happens and answers to our prayers.
Did God create the earth, place man on it, give him his agency and then pretty much let things go on naturally from there? If not, does that mean God is constantly interfering with and tinkering with the lives and events of His creation?
Here’s my latest situation. I own a theater in Orem, I am always looking for more opportunities. I found a theater in Lewiston Idaho, about 100 miles from where I live. Regal Cinemas wanted to sell the theater and 3 acres of developmental land. I contacted Regal and then their real estate agent, explained I didn’t want to buy the property but if he found a developer that was interested in someone to lease the theater I was very interested. Within a month he called and told me he had a buyer for the property and they were interested in my leasing the theater. I made a proposal which they liked.
Ok, now the prayer, study, prayer etc. comes in. We all know the routine, "If it’s good for us, help us etc., etc. then please bless us with this." We’ve prayed for/about this theater for about 7 months. We found out a few days ago that the other big theater owner in town actually purchased the investor’s contract and will be operating the theater themselves.
So did we not get this theater because: (A) we couldn’t handle the extra money (B) God wants us to struggle more in paying off our debts and this would have been too easy (C) I would have been a crappy operator and the theater would have failed and put us further in debt (D) God doesn’t care (E) God does care but couldn’t/wouldn’t influence the other theater owners not to purchase…they have their agency (so maybe it would have been good for us, but that’s the way it goes.
Could more fervent prayer changed this? How much prayer does it take for God to interfere? How does God decide when He will interfere? Is it based on our prayers, our actions, our needs.
There must be some kind of "let agency take it’s course, until……" Until what? What’s the trigger that causes God to step in?