Does prayer influence God? (My one minute answer you can share with a friend)

Renee Ann Smith —  March 27, 2012 — 12 Comments

How often do you pray? When Jesus was on earth, He taught His disciples to pray for everything from forgiveness to their daily bread. But if God knows what we need already, why pray? Today’s under-a-minute vlog answers the question, “Does prayer influence God?” (Under-a-minute because your time is valuable!) This is #4 in my series Top 5 Reasons to Pray. Check it out here . . .

~Jesus’ words from Matthew 6~“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. This, then, is how you should pray . .

“‘Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be your name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from the evil one.”

Do you have a favorite verse on prayer? I’d love for you to share!

This week I’m linking with Soli Deo Gloria, The Better Mom, God Bumps, Teach Me Tuesdays, Gratituesday, Living Well Wednesday, Hearts 4 Home, Thought-provoking Thursday, Beholding Glory, Your Thriving Family.

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

12 responses to Does prayer influence God? (My one minute answer you can share with a friend)

  1. The best 50 seconds I’ve spent on the internet today (probably any day!) Thank you so much for posting this. My favorite verse, which I pray frequently, is “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10). Thank you for sharing your thoughtful response to a difficult to field question. And thanks for linking up with NOBH! Smiles,

  2. God showed me something about prayer today which I have included on my blog here: http://each-card-tells-a-story.blogspot.co.uk/p/meet-ancestors.html

    I find it difficult to pray and He showed me that ‘pride’ has much to do with such! Not what I wanted to hear but definitely what I needed to hear.

  3. Wonderful post!!! I so need to get back into my regular prayer time, How I miss my morning fellowship with the Lord. Those quick prayers are ok….but time alone with him is so sweet. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 pray without ceasing

  4. “Make His purposes our prayers.” Yes! So right and true and beautiful — and powerful. This is praying in His will, in His name — and that’s what makes it powerful, because He is so in it! When we do that, how can we not expect Him, in His time, to answer! Thank you for great insights and reminders.

    Oh, yes, and reading your question about favorite verse on prayer, this popped into my mind: Rom 8:26 “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” I think how sometimes all our mouth can utter is “Oh… God…” and yet it is a powerful prayer because of His involvement.

  5. Renee, I am blessed and so very encouraged!! I cry out to God so often, but sometimes wonder if it really makes a difference. He is faithful and this is another confirmation :)

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