Q. Does prayer work?
A. No, prayer does not "work," but God works when His people pray!
We need to constantly fight against the idea that prayer is a mechanical system that somehow wrangles God into conformity with our will. On the other hand, we need to constantly remember that God wants us to ask for things and uses our asking to effect His will (Matthew 7:7). In this sense, prayer does "work"–"The prayer of righteous man is powerful and effective" (James 5:16). We also need to remember that prayer is much more than asking but that asking is a major part of prayer.