I am totally amazed when I see God work in such a personal way in one's life. And, by His working in one particular person's life it ripples out and affects others. When there is a need, a call goes out asking for prayer...then that is followed immediately with prayer requests going out to other faithful prayer warriors, and the throne room is stormed on behalf of this individual. When the prayers are answered, everyone's faith is strengthened. They have participated in putting aside their needs to pray for another.
It is such a vivid reminder that we should be "praying without ceasing!" There is nothing wrong with "quickie" prayers lifted upward at a needed time. However, I am more convinced than ever that sustained prayer is the foundation that is needed. How fragile is everything in our life...even the most common things that we take for granted. And, then something so "simple" can change everything in an instant.
Sometimes whatever is happening may be the Lord's way of redirecting a person in to a new direction. But, when the signs have been so clear, actually, quite miraculous, that one has been placed in the position one is in and you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is because God alone has placed you there, then I think there is some other reason the Lord is allowing this "trial." One reason is to make sure one understands that it is God alone who controls our destiny. He has a plan for each of us. And His will, will be accomplished through us. Also, I think He allows these trials so that we know and understand that we are completely reliant upon Him. When we understand that, our humility grows by leaps and bounds. He is the one who gets ALL the glory because we understand that we arrive where we need to be only because of Him!!!
"Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen. " (1 Timothy 1:17)