Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. John 14:13
Do you believe it matters whether or not we pray? Doesn't this verse indicate that God will act when we pray? Doesn't this verse indicate that there is a purpose in our praying? Why do we sometimes wonder if prayer makes a difference? Can Prayer Change God's Mind? C. S. Lewis addressed this question in The Efficacy of Prayer.
Why should we think that we can influence people by what we say or do and not by what we pray? Why should we think that we can have more influence in the physical world than in the spiritual world? Who is it that really effects the change? Is it us, or is it God? Although we may teach or preach or witness, it is God who is using us to bring about change in the spirit of other people. We are no more able or less able to affect people to change in the physical realm than we are in the spiritual realm.
Isn't it similar to the question Jesus asked, Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up, and walk'? God alone has the power to bring about physical or spiritual change. But soverignly, he allows us to be a part of His plan in bringing about change in peoples lives. We must exercise our God given influence in the physical and spiritual realm.
He said in the next two verses, 'You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. If you love me, you will obey what I command'. Therefore, let us obey and pray, so that the Father will be glorified in the Son.
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