By   •   April 19, 2010   •   Topics:


Does it really do any good to pray for people who are having problems? I'm not sure anything happens when I pray for someone, or else their problem gets solved without any divine intervention. Why should I bother praying for them?


Let me ask you a question: If you were facing a serious problem in your own life — a dangerous illness, for example, or an unexpected crisis in your family — wouldn’t you want people to pray for you? Of course you would. The Bible says, “Pray for each other so that you may be healed” (James 5:16).

Does this mean God always answers our prayers exactly the way we wish He would, or exactly when we wish He would? No, not necessarily. But the Bible still tells us to pray, because God is able to use our prayers in ways we may never understand this side of heaven. If Jesus, the divine Son of God, needed to pray about every situation He faced, don’t we need to pray even more? The Bible tells us to pray about everything: “Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” (Ephesians 6:18).

You say that sometimes a problem gets solved “without divine intervention” — but how do you know God wasn’t at work? What seemed to be a normal, everyday solution actually may have been His way of solving it. God is at work even in the ordinary things of life. Never forget: God loves us, and He has promised to hear the prayers of His people.

Recently a man wrote me telling how Christ had freed him from a terrible drug habit. “People were praying for me,” he said, “and God answered their prayers.” Ask God to bless others through your prayers.

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  1. Sheila jones says:

    Please pray for healing for Heather my daughter with MS AND Brian my son with Cirrhosis of the liver and alcoholism. Thank you, God bless you.

    1. Owen says:

      I’m sorry about your situation. Having one child is an enormous burden let alone two of your kids. I will pray. I’m a recovering alcoholic and I know my moms prayers helped me find a God based 12 step program to change. You seem like a very strong person. Thoughts and prayers w Heather and Brian

  2. David fuller says:

    A dear friend’s brother has a meth addiction who needs prayers! His name is Carl. Thank you all for your time and prayers! Jesus bless you all

  3. Carole Trone says:

    Rev. Billy Graham,
    You are one of my greatest heroes. Thank you for being a man of God, and for being a wonderful example for all. I always watch your past evangelisms on Saturday evenings at 10:00. Last night was in San Francisco in 1958 – in black and white – and what a treat it was. Your sermons are very meaningful – even now, 60 plus years later – God gave you many gifts, among which is wisdom!!! May God continue to bless you and keep you safe always. Your Sister in Christ, Carole Trone.

  4. Carol Williamson says:

    Thank u for this teaching and for all u do in Jesus name

  5. Larry Crow says:

    God bless you for your Word!