PRAYER – Does It Make Any Difference?

Author:  Philip Yancey

Praying for the Bigger Picture

Often the scope of our prayers is limited to what we want God to do for us.  Yet God sees and acts in a realm far beyond our sight.  Consider the following passages about personal prayers offered to God that in some way (perhaps unknown to the one who was praying) connected to the bigger picture of what God was doing.  How did God respond?  In what ways do these examples influence your desire to keep company with God through prayer?

I Kings 18:22-24, 33-39                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                      

2 Kings 20:1-7;  2 Chronicles 32:27-31                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                      

Nehemiah 1:5-11;  2:4-8                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                      

Daniel 9:4-5, 17-19; 10:1-13                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                      

2 Corinthians 12:7-9