prayer makes the needed difference, because the Lord makes that difference

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.

James 5:16-18

I suppose many think Christian prayer is basically psychological. We pray to our imagined deity, and then we feel better because of all kinds of human dynamics involved in that, one simply being that we’re no longer focused on a problem as if it all depends on us. While what we call psychological factors may well be in play, Christians know by experience I say, that there’s much much more. Yes, we have tried this, and we have seen the difference it makes.

The difference for us is no less than personal. In prayer we’re interacting with a personal being. And that difference we witness and desire is not just for our own well being, but for the good of others, even including our enemies. And we especially see it at work both for ourselves and those we pray for.

Prayer makes a difference because the Lord is the one who makes that difference. Of course we have to pray. We have to bring our petitions to God and keep doing so. We can rest assured that as we do, in time, yes in the Lord’s time the answer will come. At least God’s peace, that God will take care of it, even if we don’t get the answer we wanted.

But yes, this is not mere psychological experience. Much much more. We have experienced that over and over again. In and through Jesus.