These things are hard for all of us. And in my case, it’s not just an academic exercise. I lost a husband over this. Perhaps it’s useful to notice that while the verse in James says fervent prayer ‘availeth much,’ it does not say it ‘availeth everything.’ Why? Because the Abu Sayyaf—and all of us—still retain the power of personal choice, the option of standing stubbornly against the will of God. And that obstinate stance is, apparently, something an almighty God is not willing to bulldoze.

In the Presence of My Enemies, by Gracia Burnham.  (Which is an excellent book, by the way.)