Dear Sister ___________,
Thank you for contacting the Ellen G. White Estate. The statement you asked about did not come from Mrs. White. It appeared in an article by someone else in the Review exactly 100 years later than the reference one usually sees for it. The author of the article introduced the quote with "Someone has said, . . . ."
On our website, in the "Issues & Answers" section, there is a subsection called "Statements Mistakenly Attributed to Ellen G. White." There you will find a link to this statement:
Prayer is the Answer to Every Problem in Life. A paragraph regarding the power of prayer that begins, "Prayer is the answer to every problem in life," is not from Ellen G. White, but from an unknown author quoted in an article that appeared in the Review and Herald, October 7, 1965. The statement, as usually circulated, carries the incorrect date of October 7, 1865. For a statement on prayer from Ellen G. White, see Steps to Christ, p. 100: "Keep your wants, your joys, your sorrows, your cares, and your fears before God. . . . There is no chapter in our experience too dark for Him to read; there is no perplexity too difficult for Him to unravel. No calamity can befall the least of His children, no anxiety harass the soul, no joy cheer, no sincere prayer escape the lips, of which our heavenly Father is unobservant, or in which He takes no immediate interest."
Now for my own personal comment. The statement from Steps to Christ is much better, in my view, than the other one, and not just because it actually *is* a genuine statement from Mrs. White. As appealing in some respects as the other statement may be, it seems to me that it goes to something of an extreme, which Mrs. White did not do. Is it really true that nothing is so entangled that it cannot be remedied? It seems to me that some things in this life, some mistakes we have made, cannot be remedied in this life; we must live with the results. Some minds are dull, often through birth defect; will prayer make them brilliant? Perhaps you see what I mean. The genuine statement from Mrs. White avoids the extremes and puts the emphasis where it properly belongs.
I hope this is helpful. Thank you for writing, and God bless!
William Fagal, Director
Ellen G. White Estate Branch Office
Berrien Springs, MI 49104-1400 USA
Phone: 269 471-3209
FAX: 269 471-2646
Website: www.WhiteEstate.org or www.egwestate.andrews.edu
Would you be so kind as to tell me which one of EGW's book to find the following quote. Someone passed this quote on to me and said they got it off of this sight, but couldn't remember what book was listed:
Prayer is the answer to every problem in life.
It puts us in tune with Divine wisdom, which
knows how to adjust everything perfectly.
So often we do not pray in certain situations,
because from our standpoint the outlook is
hopeless. But nothing is impossible with God.
Nothing is so entangled that it cannot be remedied;
no human relationship is too strained for God to
bring out reconciliation and understanding; no
habit is too deep rooted that it cannot be overcome;
no one is so weak that he cannot be made strong;
no one is so ill that he cannot be healed; no mind
is so dull that it cannot be made brilliant.
Whatever the need, if we trust God, He will supply it.
If anything is causing worry or anxiety, let us stop
rehearsing the difficulty and trust God for healing,
love & power.
Thank you for your help. I want to share this with a married couple who are considering divorce.