“I have faith in prayer.”
“Prayer changes things.”
“If you pray in absolute faith you always have your request granted.”
Statements like these are common, especially in Christian circles. I always want to rebut the first two with “No, faith in God; God changes things (sometimes in response to prayer).”
“The power is in God. The vehicle for approach is prayer.” (Alistair Begg)
Believing in prayer, trusting prayer takes us subtly away from reliance on God and makes prayer dependent on what we do, and makes it easier to accept all sorts of spiritual wishing activity. I often hear “sending good thoughts.” It sounds so nice, but it is not what I want to hear from my Christian friends and family.
I found Pastor Begg helpful and very practical on the subject of prayer: what it means to pray; what it means to “pray in faith”; how to pray about “everything”.
Here is the link if you are interested. It is just short of an hour long. I’ve listened to it twice now.