"I don't tell other people what to do, but for me, prayer works," said Wanda Messer of Nashville, Tennessee. "God gets results."
Messer explained that her Heavenly Father has supported her through her most turbulent of times, including the past nine years that she's been living in run-down, low-income housing with noisy, drug-dealing neighbors who fight all night long. "I got two hours' sleep last night," she said. "Mercy! But my Lord never fails me."
Ideally, said Messer, she'd like to get a new apartment in a quieter, safer neighborhood, but as a security guard making minimum wage, she hasn't managed to save up any money to make a move.
"But I'm praying," she said. "I know the Lord has a plan. Just as long as I don't lose my faith."
When one of Messer's more skeptical colleagues expressed that she, herself, didn't put much stock in the power of prayer, Messer only smiled and shook her head.
"I do," she told her colleague. "It never fails. I'm living proof of that."