My pastor often says, "What God can do , prayer can do." How true!
I read a book once in which the author said that God has His angels standing at the "ready", He's just waiting for us to fervently ask in prayer for Him to act. I think that is true, but we often have the wrong attitude toward prayer.
Let me explain. I think we often act as if Jesus is our "genie" in a bottle so when life goes awry, we want to pray for Him to "fix" it. Or when we want something really badly, we pray for Him to "give" it to us.
So then, because we have been praying in the wrong motive and not seeing the power of God in our prayer lives we begin to doubt that prayer really works. But when we pray in accordance with His will... we will see the hand of God in action!
It may not always be His will to heal the sick, even though He can. But it is His will that He be glorified in every situation. So when we pray, we can ask for healing but not my will be done- His will be done. And then be on the look out for His will. Ask Him to show you His answer. You may be surprised!
I know that often Jesus has done so much more than I could have dreamed. My desire is to learn to pray strictly in accordance to the will of God and see His power at work in and through me!
Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. James 5:16