If God brought the POWs out of captivity in answer to prayer, then, why didn't anyone pray not to be captured in the first place? Seems to me that if I were a believer, and I was fighting in a war, that's the first thing I'd pray about every night. In fact, I'd forgo my usual "bless this meal, Oh Lord" grace prayer at dinner and instead pray, "Oh God please don't let me get captured or killed!" before every meal. I mean, getting captured and then praying for help... isn't that a little late in the cycle? You know, pray ahead about not getting captured in the first place, and see how that pans out for you. That's like having your request in. You already prayed not to get captured, so God knows how you feel about it. Then, if you do get captured, you'll know how God feels about it. And if you're captured, then you know that the answer is "No", and you can concentrate your time and effort on escaping because you'll that you don't have spend time praying about it. Besides, it's got to be inconsiderate to pray for help after you've been captured rather than pray before you get captured. Think about it. After you're captured, you're locked in a room, no windows, blindfolded, twenty armed guards patrolling outside the door, no one knows your exact whereabouts. It takes the marines a couple of helicopters, a team of armed soldiers, grenades, guns, effort to find you, risking their own lives to get you out. It's obviously harder to get you out rather than just preventing you from getting captured in the first place. Before, all God would've had to do is make you change your mind about patrolling down that hillside. Or maybe make your shoelace untie so that when you bent down to tie it, the enemy passed by and didn't see you. That's easy stuff. Even if you're God you've got to appreciate it if your subject makes it easier for you to help him. If you got a subject that waits until they're in a big mess before they contact you, I say you have a problem subject. That's probably why God said, "Hey, why didn't you pray not to get captured in the first place, it would've been a simple fix," and sent the marines in.