I have been at my job now for a year and a half. I have a co-worker that I used to let get on my nerves every time I had contact with him, the guy was just a jerk. This job I have is an awesome job, it is like it was created for me and this guy was screwing it all up.
I started praying to God, asking him to make this guy come around to my way of thinking. I prayed like this for 8 months and nothing ever got better, it was as if God was not answering my prayer. So one day I was sitting around on my lunch break, I had finished my lunch and was taking a little power nap when I had this thought. It just entered my mind.
I was dead asleep and this thought woke me up and made me sit up in my chair. What if it wasn't God not answering my prayer, but Him saying no, you're not praying for the right thing? I tried for the rest of that day and night to try and figure out the right thing to pray for, and by the next morning I had an idea what it was.
That morning in my daily prayers I prayed for God to help me understand what the guy was thinking, to help me understand where he was coming from. And things got a lot better at work. I pray this daily now with a little twist, I ask God to help do that for everyone I come in contact with in that day, and now my days are much easier to get through.
Don't get me wrong, there are still some people out there that are difficult, but now I just brush it off and keep on moving. I learned a couple of things from this experience. First, God will always answer your prayers, but sometimes the answer will be no, and that no might be because you aren't asking for the right thing.
The 2nd thing I learned from this is, you don't always know what is going on in people's lives to make them act the way they are. I show everyone the same love and kindness no matter what, and I found that does it not only help them, but it also helps me get through the day.