Do our prayers make a difference? Yes! God hears and responds.
King Hezekiah in an interesting example. The Assyrian army was outside Jerusalem ready to attack. But first they came with threats, hoping the people would surrender. They bragged about all the nations they already had conquered and mocked God saying he was not strong enough to save them.
Hezekiah took those threats before God in prayer, asking that God defend his people for his own glory. Here’s God’s response (through Isaiah, the prophet):
“. . . Because you have prayed to me concerning Sennacherib king of Assyria, this is the word that the Lord has spoken concerning him:” (from Isaiah 37:21)
And he promises Sennacherib will be defeated and Hezekiah’s army will not have to lift a finger. The next morning 185,000 Assyrian soldiers were found dead in the camp. The others fled.
Look again at what Isaiah said to Hezekiah: Because you prayed this is what God’s going to do. And he did.
Keep praying! Who knows what happens because you pray? I imagine a scene in heaven when God says to us,
- Because you prayed, your child was healed.
- Because you prayed, your friend came to know me.
- Because you prayed, your soldier came home.
- Because you prayed, others learned to pray, too.
How will he finish that sentence for you? You won’t know if you don’t pray. For reasons we’ll never understand fully, God takes our prayers seriously. At least that’s what he told Hezekiah. I think he says the same to us. Our prayers matter!
“The sense of mystery must always be, for mystery means being guided by obedience to Someone Who knows more than I do.” – Oswald Chambers