God's word in today's world

Pray, it works

Click here to go to the Scripture: 2 Corinthians 1:3-11

Those people begging at the traffic lights make me uncomfortable. Most of the time the need is expressed in two crooked sentences, usually ending with: God bless you. Some are very creative with their signs. One day I saw a guy with this sign: Let’s do lunch. You pay. Maybe one should’ve given him something for his creativity and for putting a big smile on many faces.

I don’t give money, because I don’t know if it will be used responsibly. I rather contribute to an organisation where everything is transparent and I’m sure the funds are used judiciously.

Every time I see them I wonder why they stand at the traffic lights with their signs. One day I realised: It works! People stand at the traffic lights because it works. It’s profitable to stand there, because at the end of the day they have enough money to buy what they need. I’ve heard of similar people in our town who collect large amounts of money by begging.

They understand one thing: If it works, we’ll do it again tomorrow.

I may be coming from a strange direction, but in a way Paul also knows what works and what does not. Paul knows that prayer works, otherwise he wouldn’t have asked the people in Corinth to pray for him and the other Christians: 11 You and your prayers are part of the rescue operation—I don’t want you in the dark about that either. I can see your faces even now, lifted in praise for God’s deliverance of us, a rescue in which your prayers played such a crucial part.

Paul knows the power of prayer, because he has experienced it in his life. Just like the beggars know from experience that begging is good business and provide in their needs, Paul also knows from experience that prayer works. But he also knows that when people pray others are affected and also start praying. Like a bunch of dominoes falling over one by one, one person praying for others encourages the next person to pray from gratitude.

That is the power of prayer. Prayer is one of the most powerful instruments God has given us. Just like the beggars believe that their profession works, we must believe that prayer is a powerful instrument and still works today. Pray as if prayer works and you will experience it.


Do you believe in prayer?

Do you believe that prayer works?

Do you pray as if faith works?


Lord, I am praying now. I believe in the power of prayer. I believe that you hear every word I say. Please help me to pray the right things to come closer to Your will for my life. Amen

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