God's word in today's world

Believe in prayer

Philippians 1:19-26

Rienie wrote to me about her faith in prayer:

Prayer is our most powerful and only weapon against the enemy, but we must add faith to it. It’s no use praying and not believing that our heavenly Father is listening.

I can witness today that the Lord hears or prayers! Not once, but many, many times we’ve personally seen and experienced the results.

My friend’s daughter fell pregnant and went for her first scan. The doctors could see two pockets, but only one fetus. They thought the second one had simply not developed. What a surprise at the second scan two weeks later: Two little ones were on their way. One was basically two weeks “older” than the other one.

My friend’s two granddaughters were born in December. They were a little bit too quick, because they should actually have arrived in February. The bigger of the two weighed just less than a kilo, while her little sister weighed only 820 grams. Things didn’t go too well for this little poppet and her weight dropped to just 735 grams. We started a prayer action for them and can now witness that the Lord again heard the prayers of his children. The bigger one has been home for a week, while her sister’s weight has increased to one kilo! How great is the grace and love of our Father!

Prayer with faith works! And we should remember to thank Him as well!

What a wonderful story of prayer that works. I believe in prayer as well. Just this morning my wife and I were sitting in bed, each praying for a bunch of things that we’re doing in God’s Name. One so easily loses sight of the main objective and starts chasing your own tail.

Prayer keeps us in tune with God. Prayer helps us to live close to the Holy Spirit, because we know we are too weak to run all out on our own. Sometimes life is simply too tough on its own and fetuses won’t make it without God’s intervention. That is why we have to pray.

Paul believed this too: 19And I’m going to keep that celebration going because I know how it’s going to turn out. Through your faithful prayers and the generous response of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, everything he wants to do in and through me will be done.

Paul believes in prayer. Paul believes prayer is the way in which people align with God’s Spirit. Prayer is the moment when our world overlaps with that of God and we get a glimpse of God’s picture of us, but it is also the moment when we see and hear God’s heart. When He experiences our heartbeat for the world and see the desires of our heart.

But sometimes our desires do not come true. When our requests simply disappear into thin air. And I don’t understand it. I don’t understand how God can make one baby who should actually have been dead grow, how He can simply erase one person’s cancer with one wipe of his hand, while another one is burnt to nothing. This part of God has few answers and this is where faith must run strong.

However, unanswered questions (and prayers) do not stop me from praying. I keep on praying hard, because I believe that prayer works. I believe I hear God’s heart in my prayers and then I start praying differently. Differently in God’s prayers and not my own requests, expectations and desires.

So I say with Paul: … because I know how it’s going to turn out.


What do you pray about?

Do you believe in prayer?

Can you hear God’s heart?


Lord, I pray. I believe in prayer. I believe You only want what is best for your children. I also know that I sometimes only think of myself when I pray. Please forgive me. Please teach me to pray and please help me to keep on believing in prayer and that it will eventually turn out well for me. Amen

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