Prayers Have an Impact

Written by Rick Warren

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“God hears us whenever we ask Him and we know also that He gives us what we ask from Him.” 1 John 5:15 (GNT)

Do you ever wonder if prayer really works? You’re praying about something and Satan whispers to you, “This is a waste of time. Forget it!  Who do you think you are?  What do you think you’re doing?  God is not listening. Don’t waste your time.”

Prayer works because God is in control. The basis of all miracles is God’s sovereignty.  Why does He do one and not another?  Because God is in control.  We have to trust His wisdom and His goodness.

Ephesians 3:20 says, “God is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of, infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts or hopes.” (LB)

Prayer can do whatever God can do.  His resources are available to you.  Twenty times in the New Testament it says, “Ask.”  It’s encouraging to know that things that are out of my control are not out of God’s.  I may not be able to change a situation, but I can pray and God can change it.

Question: Is there someone or something that you haven’t been praying about/for lately that you should be?


6 Responses to “Prayers Have an Impact”

  • Kingsley Okeke says:

    Good evening Sir!Hope you are doing great under His Grace?Thank you so much for this teaching,I have learnt a lot and it blesses my soul.May GOD continue to grant you more wisdom,Grace,His Anointing and more insights in JESUS Mighty name amen.Thank you once again.May GOD richly bless you and His Ministry He has entrusted into your hands in JESUS name amen.

  • Andrew says:

    Many times in our lives we pray God give me this and we name what we want God to give believing that this will make us happy. God knows us as he made us as the Psalmist says in Psalm 139: 15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.

    If we have not confessed the sin that we have in our lives then our prayers are in vain as if we continually do things that destroy or soul like habitual lies, porn, alcohol, drugs, sex and not honoring God then why should he bless us? Sure he will answer our prayers but many times the answer is no because he wants to first give us the insight that we change things in our lives that are hurting us. When we pray then we should ask the Holy Spirit to intercede for us and pray for things that is glorifying to Christ. Yes we can ask God to bless us in the area of our lives that we need to blessed in however when we ask the Holy Spirit what we should pray for many times in my prayer life the Holy Spirit will put thoughts in my mind of who or what I should pray for.

    Prayer is communicating with God and the answers that we seek are in his word the Bible. When we pray ask him to show us what he wants for us in the Bible and a certain passage will leap off the page and we will understand it as the Holy Spirit is revealing to us Gods will through his word.

  • Godwin Amenyogbe says:

    Thanks so much for your message: i pray always but dont get the answers i want, but i still believe that God hears my prayers and at the right time, i shall see it the impacts for myself!


    This is a wonderful piece of sermon. It is very short and powerful. It is encouraging. What a divine bullet against satan. indeed it is an eye opener.

  • Richard says:

    Pray in secrete and you will live in the Light.

    Prayers creates inner wealth.

    You never pray alone; God is always you.

    Prayer is the suture between Heaven and earth.

    Whatever I cannot pray about I should never do!

    Prayer is the fuel of Faith.

    Prayer is humility in action.

    Listening as you pray brings direction and understanding.

    If you have not prayed you have yet to live!

    Prayer is the foundation of Hope and the vehicle that expectations are carried

    Our prayers can change the lives of others.

    God hears every prayer ,understands every request and answers in a way best for you.

    Prayer changes your possibilities.
    You don’t need a passport to pray around the world.

    Often the best prayers come from the lips of the worst people.

    No prayer goes unheard or unanswered.

    Prayer should have more effect on your circumstances;
    than your circumstances have on your prayers.

    The benefits of prayer, first occur, while you are praying!

    Praying for strength, brings strength.

    Do not pray if you can give only, pray only what you should give.

  • Jeff Guest says:

    Boy I needed this wonderful message today, it was like God was speaking directly to me!!! Thanks & God Bless

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