Does Prayer Make a Difference? Eph. 6:18

How can we doubt if prayer makes a difference if we know that Christ is praying for us?

In John 17:20, Jesus said, Father), “My prayer is not for them (these disciples) alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message.”

Yet, isn’t it true at times that when it comes to our prayers, we are tempted to doubt if our prayers are making a difference.  Paul addresses this negative mind set with a warning and directive in his letter to the Ephesians. Paul warns us of the cosmic forces and the need to resist falling victim to the evil one. He encourages us to put on the full armor of God, “praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance….”

As Christ prayed and continues to pray for us we embrace prayer as our connection with God. The God who created all things is interested in each and every one of us.  As Jesus prayed to His Father we are permitted, encouraged, commanded to pray. As the love of Christ never ends so to our prayer connection through Him is never to be broken. “Cast all your care upon Him; for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

Question: What did Paul pray for in his letter to the Ephesians?

Answer: Paul prays that we would be strengthened, that Christ would dwell in our hearts through faith and that we would grasp the great love of God. In Eph. 6:18 we are encouraged to pray at all times in the knowledge that God has equipped us through the Word and strengthens us to live without fear.