Why Pray? Do Prayers Make A Difference?

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We pray, to get answers to our prayers. That’s what God wants. Answers to prayer increase our joy.

Read the whole Gospel portion cited below, then read once again the portions highlighted in blue.

Quoting from the NIV version of Gospel… according to John, chapter 15. 1: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2: He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3: You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4: Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”

5: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6: If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7: If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8: This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

9: “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10: If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11: I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12: My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13: Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14: You are my friends if you do what I command. 15: I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16: You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17: This is my command: Love each other.

From the highlighted portions you see that God the Father is glorified with answers to our prayers. Prayer is asking God. Note that answers to prayers come from choosing to abide in Jesus & his words remain in us.

How do his words remain in us? When you read the Bible, which is the Word of God, we choose to remember it by retaining it, understanding it & valuing it & trying to live life in obedience to the instructions/commands (refer to verse 9, 10, 11 cited above). Verse 11 is very direct, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”

Change the course of history. Work towards getting answers to prayers. Make a difference. Make a change. Today is the day. Now is the time. Know that when you strive towards having God’s word abiding in you, you start, thinking like God, wanting goodness and God’s love to give hope & joy to people around you, to the people you know. God wants HIS Kingdom to be a reality for each & everyone. HIS kingdom is Righteousness, Joy & Peace in the Holy Spirit. (Romans 14:17)