I've read that standing on the South Pole is like being in the ye of a hurricane - it's deceivingly calm. As you stand on that frozen tundra, there is no wind, no severe weather. The quietness seems inconsistent with the fact that mighty winds originate there. How is this possible?
Warm air from the equator cools over the ice and descends, becoming cold and dense. Gravity then violently pulls the heavy air down the slopes toward the oceans, picking up tremendous speed. Eventually it is heated by the sun and begins to rise, creating a circular pattern which drives our earth's weather machine.
I'm no meteorologist, even though weather phenomena have always interested me, so I don't no how reliable this information is. But the phenomenon given here is in some respects like that of prayer.
When a person prays it may seem like nothing is happening. We offer our prayer. We look around and everything seems to be the same. As a result, some wonder if prayer even does any good. These feelings may no only be expressed by the critic of Christianity but may also be felt by the believer.
Maybe it is something like this; "God, help me" or "Lord, protect me." Yet many give up on prayer because nothing seems to happen. We want action and we want it now! It's hard to wait to see what God's answer will be. The end result is that we often worry and fret over that which we have committed to the care of our Lord.
Prayer is like standing on the South Pole. Try it sometime. Find a quiet place and calmly offer a prayer to God. Then get up off your knees and listen. What will you hear? Nothing, right? But the unbelievable winds and power originating from the South Pole are nothing compared to the prayer you just prayed. For even though it seems as if nothing is happening, that things are quiet, God is powerfully answering your prayer. Many times you won't hear it or see it, but things are happening - awesome things!
Jesus Christ, God's Son once said, "If you have faith and do not doubt... you can say to this mountain, `Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." With a faith in Jesus as Savior and a real belief in the power of prayer we can move mountains in our lives that we thought were immoveable. God listens to and answers our prayers.
Prayers are powerful when placed before the almighty Lord of heaven and earth. Don't underestimate their value. Don't be fooled because it appears, at first, that nothing is happening. God's workings are often behind the scene but He works none the less in His own time and in His own way. But let there be no doubts in your mind - prayer does work. It works powerfully!