‘We Pray For What We Think We Want Right Now:’ Angela Bassett On Coping With Unanswered Prayers
Christian beliefs are built upon the basis of faith, but the experience of coping with unanswered prayers can be a pretty faith-wounding scenario. While promoting her new film, Black Nativity, actress Angela Bassett sat down with the Christian Post to discuss why there isn’t really a such thing as an “unanswered prayer” and her blind trust in God.
“Prayers are answered in their own time, we pray for what we think we want right now, but to answer that one might set of a chain reaction of other things we might not want,” said the New York City native.
“As they say, there’s grace and there’s mercy; grace is a gift you don’t deserve, and mercy is a punishment you do deserve, but God keeps from you,” Bassett continued.
The Olympus Has Fallen actress went on to recount the story of a time when an answered prayer came in the form of a stranger.
“I believe in guardian angels, I have been stranded on the freeway on the way to an audition. It seems trivial, but not to me, it was a big deal. I was driving and my jeep’s gas gauge wasn’t fixed. LA is a driving culture, you can’t be late, you want to be a professional person, on the 101, accelerating and going nowhere fast, the pedometer kept going down, and I went into the median.”
“I remember praying, ‘Oh lord,’ I threw my hands up, ‘Lord you gonna have to help me, I don’t know what to do.’ And then within 30 seconds, a flatbed truck drove up in front of me, backed up, drove down to a gas station, and pumped $10 gas, for me.”
The 55-year-old beauty adds that this scenario reaffirmed her faith in God, because while she didn’t get the job, her faith was strengthened.
“He was just an answered prayer, an angel in that moment, I was stranded and I said a prayer. I didn’t get the job though, what I got was so much more.”
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