The Power of Prayer

I am convinced that I would never have been born without this.  I’m not sure that I would still be alive without this.  I know for a fact, that I wouldn’t have spent the last 40 years as a pastor without this. What is “this?”  Plain and simple…


My parents married in 1951 and wasted little time attempting to have children. The problem was that my mother couldn’t seem to get pregnant. Several years of trying led to no success and they didn’t have much hope from anyone in the medical field. While they weren’t opposed to the idea of adoption, they continued to pray every night for over three years that God would bless them with a healthy pregnancy.

In January of 1955, my mom was visiting her mom in Dallas, Texas who was suffering with cancer. My dad was home, serving as a pastor in Wagner, South Dakota. One afternoon, he received a letter in the mail that prompted him to call my mom. He said, “I have some news you might want to hear.”  “That’s interesting,” my mom answered, “because so do I. So, what’s your news?” she asked.  “We got the letter in the mail today we’ve been waiting for from the adoption agency. We’re going to have a baby!”  That’s when my mom was able to respond, “Yes, indeed we are!  I’m pregnant!”

Yes, you guessed it; that child was me! I am a product of prayer and 66 years later I have been privileged to pray for countless couples over the years who were unable to have children and watch as God then blessed them with a baby.

Beyond praying for couples’ conceptions, I have seen God answer prayer in many miraculous ways. I’ve watched God bringing healing, save marriages, and bring people who don’t know Jesus to a saving faith in Him

One of the most simple and direct, (but oftentimes ignored), Scripture in the Bible is James 4:2 that says: “You have not because you ask not.”  In other words, there are so many things that God would be happy to bless us with if we would just ask. This doesn’t mean that God will answer every prayer exactly the way we want or at the time we want — or even with the result we want — but what it does mean is that we should definitely pray!

How often should we pray? In 1 Thessalonians 4: 17 Paul says, “Pray continually.”  Beyond that, Jesus taught us in several places in the New Testament that we should be persistent and relentless in our prayers (see Matthew 7:7-12; Luke 11:5-13; Luke 18:1-8).

All I know is that it’s my job to ask, and God’s job to act — I’ll leave how he answers my prayer to Him… He knows a whole lot more than I do about what’s best for me! After all, He’s the one who answered my mom and dad’s prayer that brought me into this world in the first place!

Thank you, Lord!!

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About the Author

Pastor Mark Zehnder

Mark Zehnder comes from a long line of pastors, his grandfather, father, and two uncles were all pastors. Of his 40 years of pastoral ministry, Pastor Zehnder has spent over 28 of them at King of Kings.