Well . . . mind blown. I have been praying for many, many years to be healed of a significant physical handicap and have never thought about my prayer in the framework you offer in this story. I'm still not sure how you're using the word "substance" here, but I've reread your article twice now and will keep rereading it until I understand. I belive God sent me a preminatory dream many years ago as an answer to my plea and I feel that this dream is now unfolding into reality, like I'm slowly growing into His promise. So perhaps He has already answered me and I just have to keep praying out of the substance of His answer.

Recovering adult child of an alcoholic; introverted, God-loving, creatively weird human being