This comments was left on my last blog; Of course God does not answer all prayers. You pray for one team. Someone else prays for the other. Someone's prayer doesn't get answered. I pray for a job. You pray for the same job.
Anonymous, you may be absolutely correct on this, but I wish to shed a possible different light.
First, I think God does answer all prayers. He answers them all with a "Yes"...II Cor. 1:18-20. You get the job and I don't when we have been praying for the same job? A yes happened to you and a yes happened to me for He has other options for me.
Second, I wasn't praying for Rick Ankiel's team. I was praying for him. By way of further explanation, I wasn't praying that he win. I was seeking God's grace to build him up.
Third, for you to imply God doesn't favor teams is to imply God doesn't favor believing corporations or companies or CEO's, etc. I think He does.
Finally, just from the few words you expressed, is there a spirit of doubt regarding prayer? As I just did, you surely have "further explanation". Yet on the surface it seems you would not bother to pray for a job or blessings or grace, etc. for whatever will be will be. Correct or not?
The reason I inquire is the church in places is stuck dead in its tracks for lack of prayer due to a humanistic approach to the workings of God. Some have faith in God and other have faith in doubt.
If I've misunderstood you, my error. Your response seems to say....things went well for Rick because things went well and there was no need to pray. I'm not feeling defensive for me; but I am for prayer. Did I misunderstand?