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Does prayer really change anything? I've wondered about this, because if God really wants to do something, He'll go ahead and do it anyway, won't He? He's not going to wait until I get around to praying about it.


A:

Yes, prayer does change things—even if we don’t always know how it happens. After all, if prayer were useless, why would God command us to pray? The Bible says, “Pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

Yes, God is sovereign, and He often works in ways that are hidden from us or are beyond our understanding. If He weren’t sovereign and all-powerful, we’d have no reason to think He’d answer our prayers, would we? But at the same time, God repeatedly tells us to bring every concern we have to Him in prayer, knowing not only that He hears us, but also that He answers us according to His will. The Bible says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will… we know that we have what we asked of him” (1 John 5:14-15).

I often think of King Hezekiah in the Old Testament. The Babylonian army had destroyed countless nations, and now their king demanded that Hezekiah hand the Jewish nation into his hands. But Hezekiah turned to God—and in response to his prayers, that night the enemy army was destroyed (see 2 Chronicles 32:9-23).

Never forget: by His death and resurrection Jesus Christ opened Heaven’s door for us. Some day when we die we’ll enter that door, if we have put our faith and trust in Christ. But until then, we have the privilege of entering Heaven’s door at any moment through our prayers. Make prayer an important part of your life every day.

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9 Comments

  1. Amy Koch says:

    Excellent words, Billy Graham. Straight from the Bible. It’s when we seek Christian counseling but the person helping us isn’t backing up his words with Scripture. The Bible. That’s all we need. The Book of Life. One of my favorite reasons regarding why should we pray, is that we are talking to GOD! How awesome is that, seriously. We are able to talk to God, our Creator, our Father, any time we want! His 24/7, open door policy is the best! Staying in prayer throughout the day is so helpful and beneficial. I’ll just tell God I love Him throughout the day. I mean, who doesn’t love hearing those three powerful words, right?! And God is definitely worthy of our love.

  2. Damson Liwapo says:

    Thank you so much for the encouragement message. It is so helpful. May God continue to bless you all the time.

  3. ugolizzy says:

    It’s refreshing to know that there are people dedicated to move the name of Jesus. Thanks Billy.

  4. Martha Loder says:

    Christ always answer prayer. please pray for me and my family. going through difficult financial problems.

  5. joseph pollitt says:

    Most importantly the act of prayer changes us! When we pray we have positioned ourselves as a willing participant and acknowledging God as the Father God of Creation…

  6. Tesfaye Cholo says:

    Good lesson. I liked it. Keep it up.

  7. Joshua says:

    Prayer really does work no matter what other people say. Especially being deployed and away from everything you love, the only thing that truly comforts me is God’s love.

  8. Denisebondò says:

    I love God’s Word. I read my Bible. I live alone; it gives me comfort and strength

  9. King Johnson says:

    Amen amen amen and amen that’s beautiful this is beautiful and extraordinary today prayer plus everything we can do an action and in humility gets the job done na great and beautiful way prayer is what helped Billy Graham become who he is and for our world today it’s raising up many great ones just like him if you light up our world and change things forever!)+