The Fourth Watch: Receiving Divine Help When Your Prayers Seem Unanswered (Talk on CD)
The wind was fierce, and the disciples of Jesus had long rowed against it before the Lord finally came to them, walking on the water in the fourth watch of the night-somewhere between 3:00 and 6:00 A.M. In this talk on CD, Michael Wilcox compares this with our own experiences in challenging times. When our trials go on indefinitely, we should not assume that God does not hear our prayers, or that He does not care, or that we are unworthy. Perhaps we have not yet reached the "fourth watch." This comforting message increases our faith and patience, offers profound hope and solace, and explains how the Lord often works with us.
- Released : May 2004
- Audio Length: 70 Minutes
About the Author
S. Michael Wilcox received his PhD from the University of Colorado and taught for many years at the LDS Institute of Religion adjacent to the University of Utah. He has spoken to packed crowds at BYU Education Week and has hosted tours to the Holy Land and to Church history sites. He has served in a variety of callings, including as bishop and counselor in a stake presidency. He has written many articles and books, including House of Glory, Sunset, 10 Great Souls I Want to Meet in Heaven, and Finding Hope. He and his late wife, Laurie, are the parents of five children.
Anyone at any level of despair or discouragement will take heart after hearing "The Fourth Watch".
by T. - reviewed on July 14, 2004
Everyone who is suffering some type of adversity in his/her life should listen to this talk. My husband and I listened to it while traveling to the Denver temple recently, and it brought tears to my eyes to realize what I knew spiritually: that God does not leave us alone in our struggles, and that he never allows more to happen than he knows we can handle. Having agonized for years over a disabled son and a wayward daughter, I was uplifted and my hope and faith renewed by the end of 'The Fourth Watch.'
Bro Wilcox reaches inside the fears and insecurities of each of us, shedding light on our deepest desires and disapointments.
by Marsha - reviewed on April 17, 2005
Brother Wilcox has a way of touching the soul with his very real and candid approach. He reaches inside the fears and insecurities of each of us as he talks about our deepest desires and disappointments. I was moved and strengthened by his ability to point where I needed to look, and to shed light where it has been darkest. These are words worthy of hearing time and again.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel
by Customer - reviewed on October 16, 2008
This CD really helped me to see that we must endure through our trials, sometimes for years, but the Lord WILL eventually help us through. The things we endure are for our own happiness and the Lord knows better than we do what we need.
The parable of the olive tree
by Customer - reviewed on October 23, 2008
I love how Bro. Wilcox looks at the allegory of the olive tree like a parable. It really opened my eyes to how much Heavenly Father is aware of all of His children no matter the circumstance. This is a talk I listen to often. I can't recommend it enough!
For those of us who wait
by David - reviewed on September 19, 2008
Lots of talks address the issue of faith in the face of seemingly unanswered prayers. Bro Wilcox gives the broadest answers I have heard and inspires hope.
by Brian - reviewed on November 07, 2008
This is an awesome talk. another 5 stars for s. michael wilcox