Anyone who says they understand how prayer works is lying, and you should slap them in the face.
It’s clear in the Bible that God wants us to pray to Him, Jesus taught us how to pray, and we read about the apostles praying as though it were oxygen to the soul.
But what does prayer actually do? How does it work? Is prayer a magic formula causing God to move? Does it aid God in performing miracles like healing someone or selling our house? I have no idea.
What I do know from the Bible is that God is pleased with our prayers as though it were some wonderful fragrance or aroma. And who doesn’t enjoy a pleasant smell? Ever walk into a room that has fresh flowers or a kitchen where chocolate chip cookies were just made in the oven? My wife’s day is made when I’m making her coffee in the morning and she can smell it. Smelling something pleasant always puts a smile on your face, so I imagine God, my eternal Father, with a huge smile on his face taking in a big whiff of my prayers.
The question we all need to answer is, “Is it enough for us to please God in praying, even if we don’t receive the answer we’re seeking?” I’ve decided that it is, even though I’ll never understand how it works, which is nice because I won’t have to worry about getting slapped in the face.