What God Does When Men Pray



Some of my Promise Keeper (PK) brothers out there will recognize the title of this column, as also the title of a book written by William Peel. I read the book many years ago and I learned many things but it is hard to remember specifics.


It is a good guide for a small men’s study group, but I read it after I picked it up at a PK conference. God listens and responds—but it is not just men’s prayer. Women and children are also on the list to be power players in the prayer game. God answers all prayers, sometimes yes, sometimes no and sometimes wait.


My prayer life has improved over the past years and I hope yours has too. We are supposed to become more Christ-like after our conversion on the road to Damascus. The prayer of a righteous man avails much (James 5:16). When some men hear this, they cringe because they don’t feel righteous because we are all damaged goods.


The truth is, nothing we can do can make us righteous, but Christ did it for us on the cross. Having said that, if you believe in Christ, and you are praying with the right motives, your prayers are powerful.


We have been blessed once again here at Valley Baptist Church with miracle results. Our pastor’s baby was taken off a ventilator and is doing better. Little Esther, who is still in the Loma Linda NICU, is doing better and may even go home this week. Last week, there was a lot of prayer and fasting going on here in Brawley. Once again, the King came through. We are very happy and encouraged.


Your prayers will once again be appreciated this month. Continue to pray for Esther and her family, but also for revival at Valley Baptist Church. We are having a revival on Sunday, March 29 in the morning at 10:30 am.

Please pray for your friends and neighbors to get saved and that God gets us out of the pews and sharing the Good News. If you want a flyer about the revival, come and get it at the Farmer’s Market here in Brawley, this Saturday, 3/14.


When men pray, God responds. God is not an ATM machine and will not be manipulated, but when we humble ourselves, He lifts us up, as does He with our prayers. Men are called to be spiritual leaders, not only in the family but also in the community. Thank you for being a good man and a Godly man. Keep us in your prayers!


  1. Jose, I agree with you. But the Word does say, I believe in Matthew 7:7 it says “ask and it will be given to you” and in James 4:3 it says “you do not have, because you do not ask God.” I agree that God is not an ATM machine. He wants to ask for the right things, with a humble heart. It is His will that guides His answers. God bless you my brother from another mother!

  2. Jim, I am new reading this great online article. I know it is dated 03/11/2015 but I feel compelled to comment on your article. I believe that God does not answer the prayer because we ask. God will do the will that is planned for us regardless how humble one is. There are Angels, Archangels, Cherubim and Seraphim worshiping God all the time. Thinking that God needs our prayers is knowing the nature of God and that is not reveal to us. Not even when we believe it. Prayer only makes us recognize what we need from God. It does not gives us as you mention the answer that we expect. When we receive the expected answer is because that is the will of God for that person not because we have asked.

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