Does Prayer Really Work?

Life can be tough, but you don’t have to go through it alone. God can help.
Whatever you’re facing, we know that the first step to getting past whatever is holding you back is to reach out to God and pray.

Through prayer, we actually experience relationship with God. The quality of our prayer life then determines the quality of our relationship with God. Yes, prayer works.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

Philippians 4:6

Why pray?

Prayer is to a Christian like breathing is to humans. It should be a part of every believer’s life. Through our prayers we grow closer to God and understand what His will is for our lives. In prayer we find solutions to our everyday problems. Lack of a healthy prayer life indicates a lack of faith and trust in God’s word. 

What is the prayer for salvation?

There really isn’t a prayer that guarantees salvation. It is a matter of the heart because salvation is faith in Jesus Christ (John 3:16) and not reciting a particular prayer. However, through the exercise of prayer we make confessions, repent of past sins, and express our belief in Christ for salvation.

What can hinder my prayers?

The most obvious hindrance to a healthy prayer life is unconfessed sin. It becomes an invisible barrier between us and a Holy God (Isaiah 59:2; Psalm 66:18). Living according to selfish, fleshly desires will also hinder our prayers because it produces a hardness of heart towards others. Other hindrances are unforgiveness towards others.

Why is daily prayer important?

Daily prayer gives us the opportunity to share all aspects of one’s life with God. It also gives us the chance to express gratitude for all the things He allows and provides in our lives. It also becomes an essential platform for confessing sin and seeking forgiveness. Essentially, daily prayer is a way to acknowledge that God is in control of our lives.

What is a prayer closet?

A “prayer closet” is a term adapted from Matthew 6:5-8, where Jesus calls out those who liked to pray in public in order to be seen and heard by others. It simply means that we are to find a quiet place where uninterrupted heartfelt prayer can be expressed to God. That can be a literal closet, room or personal space that can accommodate and encourage prayers. 

Does God answer prayer?

There are countless stories and personal testimonies of God answering prayers, from healing, restored relationships, hungry being fed, overdue bills paid, and so on. The entire Bible clearly teaches and has many examples of God answering prayers (James 5:16; John 15:7).