I have my prayers answered and am not clear on how it happens.
In short, you don't actually know who is responding to your prayers, or if anyone is responding to them at all, do you? It could be the "god of this world" doing it instead, or it could simply be your own brain looking for things that it can interpret as "answers to prayer".
It has an enormous effect on the people who pray and have their prayers answered.
I'm sure people believe that it has an enormous effect on them. But that effect would be the same regardless of whether their prayers were actually being answered, as long as they believed, would it not?
The results are never under the control of humans at any time.
But God will always answer. Just not under human control.
But if you're not even sure how your prayers are answered, then how can you claim to know who's actually answering them, or if anyone is?
Honestly, SkyWriting, I think you need to spend some time really thinking this situation through, rather than relying on answers provided by what amounts to blind faith. Let me pose an example to you to illustrate what I mean.
You claim that this world is governed by the "god of this world", and that people need to reach out and contact God the Creator if they want to have a relationship with him. But when you do that reaching out, how can you be sure that your efforts are getting through to the right god? Wouldn't the "god of this world" interfere with such efforts at communication (either by blocking it or by answering it himself)? Seems to me that you'd have to get your prayers past him first before you could even hope that God the Creator got them. So there's one problem - you don't actually know if your prayers are being received at all, or who's answering them if they are being received.
Another problem is why God the Creator would exile humans to another god's province in the first place, then set up such a roundabout method by which humans can come back to him. Seems like a rather excessive response to me. I mean, when children screw up, their parents punish them, but they don't do so by the equivalent of exile for the very first offense
, and certainly not exiling them to live with another family (and thus giving up their rights and authority).
The problem with relying on faith-based answers to these problems and others is that you're basing them not on actual knowledge, but on things you believe but can't be sure about, and that don't hold together when you actually examine them critically. I mean, the setup you're proposing here is pretty problematic, to say the least. God the Creator seems to be a pretty pathetic god, actually. He exiled his 'children' the very first time they ever screwed up, effectively gave them into the keeping of another god, and then...what? Decided he wanted a relationship with them after all, thus the whole long-distance prayer thing?