Can we believe that God ever really modifies His action in response to the suggestions of men? For infinite wisdom does not need telling what is best, and infinite goodness needs no urging to do it. But neither does God need any of those things that are done by finite agents, whether living or inanimate.
He could, if He chose, repair our bodies miraculously without food; or give us food without the aid of farmers, bakers, and butchers, or knowledge without the aid of learned men; or convert the heathen without missionaries. Instead, He allows soils and weather and animals and the muscles, minds, and wills of men to cooperate in the execution of His will.
It is not really stranger, nor less strange, that my prayers should affect the course of events than that my other actions should do so. They have not advised or changed God’s mind — that is, His overall purpose. But that purpose will be realized in different ways according to the actions, including the prayers, of His creatures. – C. S. Lewis, on The Efficacy of Prayer.
The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. James 5:16
If you are born again, God has declared you righteous in Christ. Therefore when you pray, God hears and acts.
Sometimes he doesn’t answer right away, or exactly the way we’d like, but he answers.
Especially when it comes to salvation. God says he does not desire any to perish but all to come to the knowledge of the truth. It’s clearly God’s will to save. So if you are praying for a loved one’s salvation, believe God is using your prayer mightily.
If we truly believed our prayers have great power as they are working we would pray more consistently, wouldn’t we?
Pray at every opportunity. If someone mentions a need, ask if you can pray for them then and there. If someone asks you to pray for them, say why don’t we pray right now?
Recently my car died in the middle of nowhere. Next day, after a guy jumpstarted my car, a woman came out of the house I was by and sat down. I said hi and asked her how she was doing. She began to pour out her heart about her mother who was inside on her deathbed. This woman had just come out for a much needed break.
I asked if I could pray for her, to which she replied “Are you a preacher?”
Then she invited me in to pray for her mother. Surrounding the dying woman were five other family members. She said “This guy’s a preacher and I asked him to pray for mom.”
So I did. I didn’t feel anointed or powerful. But I have to believe God’s word – the prayer of the righteous has great power as it is working.
So keep praying. Don’t give up. Believe and thank God that he has made your prayers to be powerful and effective.