Does Prayer Really Matter? Really?

We’ve all been there, haven’t we? You close your eyes, bow your head, and before a word crosses your lips you start to wonder, “Does this prayer really matter?” I mean, since when have words spoken in private ever changed global catastrophes like the war in Syria or the refugee crisis in Europe? Is prayer even all that important?

Oh, my friend, it is so important. When we pray, we’re really doing two things at the same time. We are (1) cultivating our relationship with God and (2) refining our own hearts in the process.

We pray out of a concern for others and with the faith that the One we pray to can actually hear us and cares about us. It’s an exercise in faith, plain and simple.

By voicing our hearts to God, we also underscore how important our words are. Sometimes we find that all we need is to sit in silence, at peace in the presence of a God beyond words.

Prayer is also the first step toward action. How many examples can we find in Scripture where someone wrestled with God in prayer over something they knew they had do? Honestly, more than I’d prefer to count . . .

Prayer motivates us to do something about the thing we pray for with confidence that the One we pray to has our back.

Next week, WMU is observing the Week of Prayer for International Missions. This is a time of reflection and soul-searching, to be sure, but it’s also a time for us to be reminded of our faith in God’s mission of redemption and restoration in the world.

And at the end of the week, it’s our hope to see many of you motivated to be an active and engaged part of this mission.

Prayer matters; of course it does. We invite you to join us as we bind our hearts together and say to God with one voice, “I’m ready. Where do we go from here?”

​Zachariah Seanor is the national consultant for Royal Ambassadors, Challengers, and Youth on Mission; husband to an amazing wife; and lover of the great outdoors. When he’s not in the office writing blogs, he enjoys warm fires, cool summer nights, and long walks with his border collie, Nellie.

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