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  • Writer's pictureDonna Amidon

Does Prayer Really Make a Difference?

Is there something you need from God, and you wonder if prayer makes a difference?

The other day as I was reading Romans, I was struck by how Paul concluded his letter. It was a verse I’d read many times before, but today was different. Paul said:

Pray for me (Rom. 15:30). Paul. The apostle Paul. The one God called, empowered, and anointed to spread the gospel to the world. He asked for prayer.

In fact, this wasn't the only time Paul requested prayer. In other letters, he asked people to pray:

  • a door of ministry would open (Col 4:3)

  • he would speak with clarity (Col. 4:4)

  • the gospel would spread rapidly (2 Thess. 3:1)

  • for deliverance from evil people (2 Thess. 3:2)

  • he could speak boldly (Eph. 6:19-20)

And as I saw this, it hit me. Requesting prayer wasn’t simply a casual conclusion to his letters. Paul knew something we can’t forget: When God’s people pray, God moves (Ja. 5:16).

Paul didn’t say “pray for me” to fill words on a page but to infuse his life with power.

Consider this. Prayer sets the miraculous hand of God in motion. When you or I pray about a specific situation—a child, marriage, job, church, or friend—we’re inviting the presence of God and the activity of the Holy Spirit into that situation in a way it would not have been there unless we prayed.

Are you or someone you love feeling weary in prayer? Do you need God’s divine touch?

Let this truth stir your faith today: God hears your cry, and prayer makes a difference.

So don’t lose heart. In the words of Luke: “Always pray and never give up” (Luke 18:1).

Let me know how I can pray for you. 💕


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