Do you ever wonder if prayer makes a difference? First, what is prayer? Prayer is just simply talking to God. It doesn't have to use fancy words or be said a certain way. God just wants to hear what you have to say. But does what you say to God ever change His mind? The Bible shows us in Genesis 18:16-33 that God is willing to change His mind. In this passage God has appeared to Abraham with angels, and they have been talking about the coming birth of Isaac. As they are preparing to leave, they tell Abraham that they are going to determine if God should destroy Sodom because of its wickedness. Abraham then does something bold. He questions God's plan. He asks if God is going to destroy the good people with the bad. He then asks if God will spare the city for 50 good people. God says He will, so Abraham questions again and again. God shows His willingness to change His mind by agreeing first to 50, then 45, then 40, then 30, then 20 and finally 10 people.
Now we need to understand that God can see things from a much bigger point of view than we can and He understands things we don't. So sometimes it may seem like He didn't listen to us because He knew things we didn't. However, He always wants to know how we feel about things and what we desire. And He does listen and consider our words. So when it feels like God didn't listen, just remember, He knew something you didn't and what He chose to do will be the best for you in the end and everyone else too!
Create a family prayer jar. Have everyone put things in it that they are praying about. Pray about them together, then come back in a few weeks and see if God has given an answer. Was it yes, no or still to be answered? If no, can you think of a possible reason why?