The world is going crazy, or at least it feels that way. Suffering is real for many. Without the crucified Christ, I would despair. But with Christ, I keep hoping and increase my prayers. Because I believe prayers make a difference. In more ways than one.
We make this plea, not because we deserve help, but because of your mercy. (Daniel 9:18a, NLT)
Prayers make a difference, not because of us but because of God. God loves us, not because we’d be so great but because he is love. He can’t help himself but love. In the same way, he hears our prayers and will lovingly respond to them when the time is right. Sure, we would like to get answers right away but that’s not the way it works. God knows best and we need to trust him and wait for his timing and his ways of doing things. Even when things are hard.
Then he said, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer. But for twenty-one days the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way. Then Michael, one of the archangels, came to help me, and I left him there with the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia. Now I am here to explain what will happen to your people in the future, for this vision concerns a time yet to come.” (Daniel 10: 12-14)
Since the first day Daniel started praying, his request had been heard in heaven. But even Daniel had to wait. In the same way, our prayers are heard in heaven and we can trust when the ultimate time for God to respond, he will come to us. Prayers make a difference. So let’s increase them, we have a lot of work to do.
Prayers make a difference
But what is the most amazing thing about prayer is not the fact that God answers us (even though we love it of course). It is the fact that we can interact with God, feel his presence, and be one with him. That is the most wonderful thing, don’t you think? Nothing can take away the fact that the Living God listens to us and cares for us.
Even though faith is believing and not seeing, prayer makes believing feel like seeing. It’s like prayer would take our spiritual blinders off. Then we can see the glory of God. And when this happens, we can endure everything. Because we know every promise in the Bible is true and Christ will come and get us alongside all who believe in him. Better times ahead, folks! Let us pray:
We love you and praise you.
Thank you for hearing our prayers and responding to us at the right time and the right way.
We pray hard for all who suffer, Lord.
Bring peace to the whole world.
Give us enough patience to wait for your timing.
Let us feel your presence and see your glory.
Be forever praised!
In Jesus’ name,
Do you believe prayers make a difference? I hope so because when we believe so, we pray more. And when we pray more, we can see more answers to our prayers and that increases our faith. But don’t just pray and leave, pray and abide in Christ and you start recognizing God’s presence. And then your prayers are unstoppable. We have a living God who hears our prayers and cares for us. Let’s interact as much as possible with him. Our prayers make a difference! Blessings to you, my friend! God is AWESOME! Hallelujah!