the/an answer to (one's) prayer(s)

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the/an answer to (one's) prayer(s)

The perfect solution to a desperate need. Can be used literally (when one has actually prayed) or in a more figurative sense. I really believe this job was the answer to my prayer for a better life. This grant is an answer to our prayers. The center can stay open now!
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the ˌanswer to somebody’s ˈprayers

a thing or a person that somebody has waited for or wanted for a long time: If you’ve been looking for a good quality fleece at a reasonable price, this one could be the answer to your prayers.
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Doubtless Sylvia was not entirely suitable to me, and to marry her was to be faithless to that vision of the highest, that wonderful unknown woman of the apocalyptic moorland, whose face Sylvia had not even momentarily banished from my dreams, and whom, with an unaccountable certitude, I still believed to be the woman God had destined for me; but, all things considered, Sylvia was surely as pretty an answer to prayer as a man could reasonably hope for.
The position, which allows me to utilize all the skills God has given along my path in this Industry, is also perfect in its timing; as an answer to prayer, allowing my wife, Sarah Lee and me to, be closer to our families before our baby boy is born this coming October.
Reverend Aidan Coleman, vicar at St John's, said: "The pounds 17,500 from Wates was an answer to prayer because we didn't have the means to raise that money ourselves.
SIR - I was interested to read your report (May 29) about church steeples inspiring an answer to prayer for broadband coverage in rural areas and the recent revelations from watchdog Ofcom that homes in rural areas were more likely to have broadband than those in towns, albeit at a slower speed.
My family doctor admits this disappearance is extremely rare and may be an answer to prayer.
Rick Scarborough, head of another Religious Right lobbying outfit called Vision America, said the confirmation of Alito to the nation's top court "is an answer to prayer.
The local people see it as an answer to prayer, they are rejoicing and giving thanks.
These two officers were an answer to prayer and have truly made a difference in a lot of lives.
However, after the initial CNN interview, Ron Lancz and his inspiring story of an answer to prayer dropped from sight, receiving almost zero news coverage.
Upon discovering we were both Christians, she shared an experience she said was an answer to prayer.
FOR Joanne and Fernando Amantine of Lancaster, the news that first came across the TV screen early Sunday morning was an answer to prayer.
Father Sheehy said that he believed that the improvement in Abigail's condition was already an answer to prayer.
She says the movie is an answer to prayers from both her mother and a minister cousin who had been asking that God send her a movie that's ``spiritual and inspiring.