Audio version read by Rev. Steven Lane Taylor, B.Msc.
Prayer can and does work, particularly if it is mystical prayer. The world is filled with a wide variety of ways to pray. Each has its own effectiveness or lack of it. The reason any particular form of prayer is effective has not to do so much with the technique or manner of prayer, as with the person praying.
This is the secret of effective prayer; the critical factor is not primarily in the prayer itself, but in the person praying. Whatever state of mind or consciousness a person is in spiritually has far more to do with whether a prayer will be successful than the particular prayer or brand of theology from which the prayer originated.