Does Prayer Change Anything?

Dover Beach


Some Christians feel that they have to come to the defense of God by instantly silencing any skepticism about whether prayer really works. The implication being that prayer should always work as the one who prays wants it to work. That we should always get the answer we prayed expecting. But the plain fact of the matter is that prayer does not always work that way. Moreover, we do not need to make sweeping claims that it does in order to justify our faith in God. The truth is we may or may not always get the answer to our prayer that we want, but nevertheless prayer does change a good many things.

In the first place prayer always changes us. No one who gets on their knees and prays with sincerity will rise up again without a change having taken place within them. This result alone is enough to…

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