Does prayer really work?

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I was once leaving a prayer meeting at a church and there was a man hovering around the door looking in –  “Is there a prayer meeting?” he asked.  “Yes” I said – “although it has just finished.”. He then said questioningly, “Does it really work?”  

Ahh I thought – here is someone with a genuine question having been drawn to the church even if it was at the wrong time!  It is quite good being questioned on the spot unexpectedly because it makes you think again about what you are doing.

Well I thought this is a good question  and probably one many people have.

Either I am completely wasting my time and my life  in an ineffectual powerless relational activity connecting with Almighty God or I could have spent the last hour or so doing my own thing  watching television, doing chores or some other activity.

“E M Bounds quotes “The church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better people.” “What the church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organisations or more and novel methods, but people whom the Holy Spirit can use –  people of prayer , people mighty in prayer.”

In a world that seeks guidance at the click of a button I suggest we stop for a moment and think about what we think about prayer.  Not what Google suggests or a friend but what do YOU think?

I can only say that yes prayer does work – I have seen many incredible answers to prayer – but not always. There is always the question “What about unanswered prayer?”  However,  I think it is better to pray than not to pray and am humbled that God wants us to partner with him in prayer for his Kingdom to come. Time in my view is definitely not wasted in prayer.

 

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Author: Vicar Jane's Reflections

Vicar of Sway in the beautiful New Forest. Passionate about sharing Jesus and in the renewal and reform of the church.

2 thoughts on “Does prayer really work?”

  1. I, personally, read ‘prayer’ as a conversation with God. Conversations aren’t usually described as ‘working’ or ‘not working’. They are an opportunity to think aloud with someone, to express opinions and receive responses; to get to know someone. If prayer is a wish list, then ‘working’ might be a useful criteria, but normal conversations aren’t usually wishlists. Perhaps the best ‘wish list’ prayer would be the one Jesus suggested: ‘your will be done’

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