It has apparently been conclusively proven, by many experiments conducted by professionals, that ‘prayer never works.’ Anyway, that is what atheists and skeptics tell us. And boy, do they love to recite the statistics.
Fortunately for my wife and I, we were not informed about those very precise experiments that proved prayer is not worth anything at all. For we had a problem. Our fourth child got married, but, like most couples, they longed for a baby. And it just wouldn’t come. For anybody who has seen and experienced the agony of a barren woman, it is sad, very sad. So my wife and I resorted to do what Jesus taught: ‘Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.’
It is quite obvious that Jesus didn’t know about those experiments that proved that prayer doesn’t work. Anyway, my wife and I started to pray. We used the verse, ‘Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah [our daughter] will have a son [baby].’ 2 We regard ourselves as, what you can call, ‘donkey prayers.’ We do what Jesus said, we always pray and don’t give up. For a full year we prayed that specific verse every day, reminding God of His promise. We hammered God’s throne. Personally I think God got so tired of our petitions, that He just told Jesus to do it.
So, one day, our daughter phoned. You can guess what? Without any medical help, she was pregnant. You can also guess who cried their hearts out in thankfulness to God. Lo behold, nine months later, the little darling was there. So, does God answer prayer? The atheists and skeptics say, ‘No.’ We don’t care. Jesus told us to pray, we did, and we have the proof that our prayer was answered. We enjoy that special family.
Another reason we enjoy the family is that our daughter decided, if one can come, why not more? So four years and eight months later the family was three little girls and one boy strong. Wild at times, but what a joy!
What do we do now that we have heard that prayer doesn’t work? Since it comes from atheists and they are well informed by their cherished leader, the enemy of God, we know prayer works. We pray as usual and we see many results. Thanks Jesus for prayer! It is such a release to just lift our burdens and put them onto You.
- Luke 18:1
- Genesis 18:14