Does Prayer Work?

“What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him?” (Deuteronomy 4:7).

Last year in Japan I saw something interesting. I visited a large Buddhist temple. Hundreds of people were there praying. Most of them were asking for guidance and financial prosperity. They were using joss sticks, throwing dice, or tossing money onto Buddha’s lap.

At the main altar, people chanted and threw coins. The amount of the offerings was so great on this day that two monks were using garden rakes to push the money into the giant coffers of the temple.

I watched the worshippers’ faces. When they left this huge temple, they were not at peace. I do not think any one of them could have told me they were certain Buddha had heard them. No one was sure that their offering had been enough to gain the results they desired.

We are so blessed as Christians. Our God is not deaf, nor dumb. He does not need joss sticks or dice to speak to His children.

God hears you when you pray. He wants to answer your prayers. He cannot always do it, though. Sometimes we ask for things that, as a loving father, He will not give us.

Do you want to know how to get answers from God? Get to know Him. Read your Bible. Attend church. Enjoy fellowship with other believers. Then you will begin to understand God’s character and learn how to pray for things God wants to give you.

Kimberly Snider is a missionary to the Philippines.

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