I do a lot of praying, including for people in need.
I confess I don't know how prayer works, but I know it works.
I know it works because of all the prayers God has answered in my own life and because of all the prayers God has answered for others for whom I've prayed.
Recently, I received a card from a friend for whom Penny and I had prayed. She writes,
"When cancer returned...I was so afraid. I must confess that, in the past, I have had doubts about the effectiveness of intercessory prayer. However, I have also seen the Chumbley family 'at work,' as well as friends. I asked perfect strangers to pray for me (check-out people at the grocery store, people in elevators, etc).
"Their faces would light up when I asked and all would say, 'Absolutely. Of course.'
"Now, I have no more doubts!
"This scary time is past; cancer gone, no more discoverable!
"There is no way that I can begin to thank you--for your note, phone calls, visit--your caring.
"And your prayers."
Prayer works. Pray, in faith, and wait for God to answer your prayers according to his will, and God's will is always for our best.