Roma Downey: Would You Please Pray More?


If you believe in the power of prayer, would you please pray more?

More and more, I’m convinced that the world would be a much better place if we took prayer more seriously.  Prayer is not just a spiritual practice, it’s the means by which God changes our lives and changes the world. 

Prayer isn’t just helpful, it’s important.

Prayer is a responsibility each of us has to bring more of Heaven into this often broken world.

See, I believe that God doesn’t just hear our prayers, but that He answers them. I believe God is not just aware of us but that he is deeply concerned for us.

I believe that he intervenes in miraculous ways more often than we think, and that coincidence is often God’s way of remaining anonymous.

God is not only real, and alive, he’s also at work in our lives. He is “a friend that sticks closer than a brother;” he is an “ever present help in our time of need,” and with him “all things are possible.”

When I set off to produce my new series Answered Prayers for TLC we scoured the country for stories of divine intervention.  Within days, our inboxes were exploding as thousands of people wrote us telling us of the ways in which God had clearly and supernaturally intervened in their lives. 

There were documented accounts of people being healed of diseases, stories of supernatural provision, and story after story of people being saved from the brink of death by a person passing by who happened to just have what they needed in their moment of crisis.  

I’ve never been more convinced of God’s power and I’ve never been more convinced that he answers prayer.

My dear friend Victoria Osteen often says that we can think of prayer in one of two ways. We can think of it as a steering wheel that guides our life or we can treat it as a spare tire that we go running to when we need it.

God is willing to be our spare tire. 


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Roma Downey is an Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress best-known for her roles in “Touched by an Angel.”  


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