In the early parts of the 1600’s there was a noblewoman by the name of Countess Elizabeth Bathory. She was a widow and came from the Bathory nobility family line in Hungary.
What the Countess would do, is that she would deceivingly kidnap and trick young adolescent teenage girls into her chambers were she would brutally and barbarically
torture the girls until they died. Many of these girls were barely of puberty age. She tortured the girls for so long and so horribly that some of the people down the hill in the village often claimed to have heard screams emanating from within the walls of the castle. And in this agonizing death of torture, many of these girls would cry out for mercy. And scream for God to help them. But God would not show up, not until after the Countess started running out of peasant girls to torture and kill. It was then she altered tactics and started to torture girls of noblemen and noble families.
It was not the many unanswered prayers of the tortured peasant girls that put the “Blood Countess” to a stop. It was when she started to torture some of her own. Then did the neighboring ruling noble lords could no longer ignore the complaints of the people and launched an investigation.
In the end, her punishment was house arrest, and the punishment of her servants who assisted her in her mass killing spree got the death penalty. Castle personnel estimated that somewhere between 100 and 200 bodies were removed from the premise. And one witness at the trial referred to a journal in which a total of more than 650 victims were listed by Báthory herself. Countess Bathory was only convicted of 80 deaths. The question everyone must ask, why did God not care enough to answer the prayers of the many girls being horrifically and brutally tortured to death? Did God not care for them? Or was he too pre-occupied to hear their screams and prayers?
As horrific as this story is, it pales in comparison to the everyday prayers of starvation that God refuses to answer everyday. That God would allow people to die everyday from hunger and starvation, while they wait for God to answer their prayers of food.
These are everyday prayers that God ignores everyday. If God is specifically reaching down from heaven to answer someones prayer for a good parking spot, or to get out of traffic ticket, or to help one find their lost keys, while at the same time God is allowing 25,000 children to die of starvation each day by specifically ignoring their prayers (that is one child every five seconds), then God deeply has his priorities all messed up. Or he just doesn’t exist.