Why do we pray?

Ok, everyone…let’s be honest. Who hasn’t asked the question, “Why do we even need to pray? Isn’t God in control? Isn’t He just going to do what He’s going to do? How can prayer change that?” At some point in our lives, we have all asked this question. I have…Megan has…everyone has. Because I know the enemy would love for doubt to sneak in and distract you from praying for Bennett (or for anything!), I want to take a second and answer this question to prepare your hearts for joining us tonight at 8pm (Central Time).

We pray because it moves the Hand of God.

Here is one of my favorite verses on prayer and it provides a great illustration for us as well.

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! (Matthew 7:7-11)

If we ask…we will receive! Why? Because God loves to give His children good gifts. If my children want something for Christmas, I enjoy hearing them ask for it even if I already know they want it and I plan to give it to them. It brings me a lot of joy to give them the gifts we have talking about. Prayer is the same way. It builds into the larger story of our relationship with God.

We pray because it strengthens our relationship with God.

But this verse not only promises us that we receive when we ask, it also tells us that we should ask in the context of our relationship with Jesus. Ultimately prayer is a relational action. God is in control and He has every right to do as He wills. We love Him not based on how He answers but because He is a loving Father who gives answers. No other religion promises a deity that listens and responds. In other faiths…man is ignored.

So because He loves us, He invites us in and let’s us share in the task of seeing His will done on this earth. Prayer is the means through which we take part in executing God’s plans on this planet. It’s like when I was a child and my dad let me sit in his lap and help steer the car. I know now that he was in total control of the car. His foot was on the pedals and he was strong enough to correct my steering if at any point I made a mistake. But I felt like I was a part of something huge! My dad trusted me with a responsibility and it strengthened our bond. He didn’t need me in that seat. But he wanted me in the seat. God doesn’t need us as much as He wants us. And when we join Him through prayer…it’s excites Him to move.

We pray because it’s our role in the battle.

This is a verse that has spoken to Megan recently about our role in this fight for Bennett’s life.

“But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat.” (Nehemiah 4:9)

Whether you are facing a physical or spiritual threat, the greatest use of your time is spent in prayer. God’s protection and His angel armies (like the Chris Tomlin song) are unleashed when we pray for His protection day and night. Choosing to fight in a posture of prayer rather than a posture of attack glorifies The Lord and shows the world whose power we trust most.

Are you ready? God is.

God is ready to step on the gas in Bennett’s life and He is inviting you to join Him. He loves you so much that He is asking right now, “Do you want to come sit in my lap and see what I’m about to do?” I’m so glad that through Bennett, God has given us the chance to sit in His lap. For the last several weeks we have been in His lap for comfort and the wiping away of tears. Tonight we will be in His lap to steer the wheel of His will and move His hand to begin healing Bennett. Join us at 8pm and let’s ask God to step on it!

And just to prove that prayer works…here are few updates from a great day up here.

  • WE GOT OUT OF ISOLATION!!!!! Thank you Lord! I know that so many have been praying for this and even in just the last 24 hours, I know of several that were praying specifically for this.
FREEDOM!! Our first outing in the hospital since being out of isolation.

FREEDOM!! Our first outing in the hospital since being out of isolation.

Bennett enjoyed his Aunt Meg visiting him for a couple of days.

Bennett enjoyed his Aunt Meg visiting him for a couple of days.

  • Bennett’s blood tests yesterday showed that his liver function is the best that it has been in weeks! We asked specifically for people to be praying for this and we are seeing it happen. Our doctor said today, “I don’t know why all the sudden there is such a marked improvement! I don’t know how long it will last or what caused it exactly. It could be the chemo or it could be the power of prayer. I’m choosing both and I’m cautiously optimistic that this is a good sign.” Just to let you know how great this is…the better his liver is functioning, the more chemo he can get. The more chemo he can get, the more cancer cells we can kill.
Little man held on to me for about 30min like this!

Little man held on to me for about 30min like this!

So thank you for praying! Thank you for joining us for what I hope will impact your relationship with Jesus as well. Don’t forget there is a prayer guide to use if you want.

Joining with you at 8pm tonight! And in the comments, let us know what city and state you are praying from…we would love to see how many places are covering our Bennett in prayer!


  1. Ben and Megan I can’t pray for your little one tonight but I did pray for him this morning and it was a Blessing for me to pray for him this morning ,and for y’all, thank you for giving me the scripture and the guide it was great help for me and I know Jesus hears our prays we have to have faith

  2. I’m in Waco today. I will be at a Lady Bear basketball game but will go out and find a place to join you in prayer. He is more than able! Nothing is too hard for Him! Thanking God for improved results from blood tests. Big healing hugs and continual prayers!

  3. I am just now catching up on all that is going on with your family. I am so sorry you guys are walking through this. Keith and I will be praying from Springdale, Arkansas tonight! I am praying Exodus 32 today… that if God has anything other than complete healing planned for Bennett, I am asking Him to CHANGE HIS MIND! You guys have walked through the last month with such grace, it is an honor to be able to stand in the gap with you and for your sweet baby boy.

  4. That’s wonderful news on getting out of isolation. Bennett looks so cute in his stroller.

    Our family will be praying for all of you tonight in Oklahoma City. I am Denise’s sister. Give that sweet baby a big hug from us. Lisa

  5. Ben, I LOVE this post! I love to pray. When I really started seeking God as an adult I read tons of books on prayer. It was my greatest interest. Fantastic post. I’ll be praying tonight from the great City of Scott!

  6. Youngsville, La! We will be praying tonight and everyday! Thank you for doing such a great job at keeping us all update. We love your faith and Bennett is an amazing young man. ! 🙂

  7. We will be praying from Lafayette as well. You guys are awesome examples if Faith and love and we are honored to pray for the healing of your son Bennett.

  8. Austin
    Praising God for these great results! God is working! Praying for God’s blessings to pour out like rain on your family! We will join you in prayer at 8

  9. I will be leading a youth retreat and we will be traveling but we are going to stop what we are doing at 8pm to gather together to pray.

  10. We will be praying for you here in Columbia, TN at 8! We pray for baby Bennett everyday but we will definitely lift him up tonight at 8!

  11. I will be at musical in Houston, Texas, but I plan on taking a moment to pray for Bennett at 8 then going through the whole prayer guide when I get home. Love you guys!

  12. Praying tonight and every night from your church family! Nash, myself, Emerie and Morgan will join hands and pray tonight for Bennett. Your faith is so beautiful and inspiring. It moves me. Thank you!
    The Romeros in lafayette la!

  13. Ben and Megan,
    Laura shared with me on Thursday what has been happening with precious Bennett. Know that you all have been in my thoughts and prayers here in Austin, and will specifically lift you up in prayer tonight at 8. Love you all. Hugs, Joan

  14. Praying from Conyers, Ga. May our Father, our Creator, our Healer, heal this precious child and bless his family. May God be their strength when they are weak.

  15. Ben and Megan,
    We will be praying in Austin, Texas with our friends. We are going out to dinner at a restaurant but will stop at 8:00, bow our heads, and pray for little Bennett and for God’s hand to move and heal him. We hope to have the entire restaurant praying for Bennett!!

  16. “Leaning leaning, leaning on the Everlasting Arms. What have I to dread, what have I to fear, leaning on the Everlasting Arms. I have blessed peace with my Lord so near, leaning on the Everlasting Arms.”

  17. Drew and I will be lifting yall up from up from Austin, TX. We are so excited to be able to watch how God will display his power and love in Baby Bennett’s Life. #Pray4BabyBennett

  18. Covering Bennett in prayer from Los Angeles, CA!!! Been lifting him and your family up since I found out a few days ago and will be praying tonight at 8 central as well. I’ve shared this with many friends and family as well, who will be lifting him up from Los Angeles California and Dallas Texas as well.

    Lots of love,

  19. We’ll be praying tonight as a family at 8pm from Lafayette, LA. I’m so glad Bennett is free from isolation!!!

  20. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. God is using little Bennett to teach us more about our relationship with Him. We will continue to pray for Bennett and his loving family.

  21. Will be praying from Youngsville, La
    So happy to see he is out of isolation and such positive news about his liver counts! I continue to stand in Aww!

  22. Kevin and I will be praying tonight in Euless, TX, along with members of our Sunday school class from North Richland Hills Baptist Church. Also, my wonderful prayer warrior friends in the Oasis class at Brentwood Baptist in Brentwood, TN, are praying for Bennett and your family. Specifically praying Isaiah 58:8 over Bennett.

  23. Pastor Ben and Megan,

    My small Bible study group and I will be praying from Lafayette, Louisiana. We also prayed for Bennett when we met as a group from 10am 12 Noon today.

    Did you get my message that I sent to you in a private message earlier?. If not, I will resend.

  24. Praying with my friend Christine tonight for you guys from Austin! We’ll be following Ben’s prayer guide.

    Love to you Bennett!!!!! Our kids and us pray for you every night little man! “Lord, please heal baby bennett and make him all better!”

  25. Just wanted to let you guys know that the Moore family has been praying like crazy for little Bennett and for you guys from here in Morgan City, La!!

  26. I will be praying tonight from Boise, Idaho. I used to watch Bennett in the nursery on Tuesday mornings. He was such a good baby. Bennett and your family are alway’s in my prayers.

  27. Praying in Zanesville, Ohio along with Aunt Sherry and Grandma Sandy in Columbus, Ohio. Praying everyday for little Bennett.

  28. We will be meeting with our small group tonight in Colleyville, TX and prayers fou Bennett and you all will be happening.

  29. We are friends of Jake and Emily Thibeaux and they told us Bennett’s story and asked us to pray for him. We have been praying for him for several weeks! We are standing in faith with you and praying for Bennett tonight. We have asked several family members and members of our church to join us tonight to cover Bennett in prayer!
    Natchitoches, LA

  30. Praying for Bennett and all your family, we know that God
    answers prayer. Ron and Connie Parmenter from Alliance, Ohio.
    Praise God for what He has done already and what He will do.

  31. Praying for baby Bennett from Harrisburg, PA area. We will be joining with our children at their bedtime and then we will join you all at 9pm (we’re Eastern time). Looking forward to seeing God move in incredible ways. :c)

  32. My husband and I will pray for Bennett with all of you tonight from Columbus, Ohio. (I work with Bennett’s grandma Sandy.)

  33. I will be praying for you all from Youngsville, LA!! I have seen the great works that prayer can accomplish in my own family’s life and know that God has great works in store for your little man and family!!! Love to you all! #pray4babybennett

  34. We are praying from Sugar Land tx. Terry and Kathy Love y’all very much. Kayla and berth Gill praying fro. Houston tx. Janna praying from Tuscaloosa Alabama with all get college friends. Hugs and kissed. So glad to hear to great news today.

  35. My family prays to give and recieve the strength only our Faith can provide. We have had lost our child and been blessed with 2. We pray to stay strong and help others have strength.

  36. We are Brandy from Asbury’s parents. Praying with family and friends from Floresville TX, Midland TX, Rayne LA, Lafayette LA, Killingworth, CT, LaRue TX, Frankston TX, Murchison TX, Athens TX, Winter Springs FL, Lavernia TX, Brownsboro TX and all of my facebook friends;) Dear Lord You ask us to be specific and we ask you very specifically to heal this baby Bennett’s liver and we want it healed now! You are our Savior and we love you for doing this. In His name we pray. Amen

  37. Ben and Megan, tonight three of our grand children are at our home – Madeline 13, Raleigh 10, and Hudson 8. We shared with them what is going on with Bennett and they are looking forward to joining us in praying for him at 8:00. We love you guys.

  38. Pray for u guys every day, joining together tonight with you in prayer for Bennett and your family! You guys are incredibly inspirational in this journey.

  39. I am praying from Melbourne, Florida tonight! Please know that I am praying for all of you every day. I also have First Baptist Melbourne’s prayer team praying, the Florida Baptist Convention and BCM directors. Praising Jesus for answered prayers already!

  40. We prayed in Flower Mound, Texas with our 2 little grandsons, Matthew (5) and Mark (3) for Bennett!!’ They asked God to make Bennett well and help him to sleep good tonight!!!

  41. i am with you tonight in prayer…i see Bennett wrapped in a bubble of God’s Love…Healing…Protection…Peace

  42. Seven of us gathered tonight in Youngsville to pray for Bennett and the entire Coleman family. May God bless you all.

  43. Praying for Bennett!! We prayed specifically for his liver function to keep improving and return to its normal size, for the chemo to work powerfully, shrinking the tumor so it can be removed, and Bennett’s side effects to be minimal. We asked God to use his supernatural power to begin healing Bennett, and for him to give you and Megan the strength and courage you need to stay strong during this battle. We will continue to pray daily for Bennett and your family. You are always in our thoughts and prayers.

  44. I praise God for listening to each of our prayers tonight. I will continue to lift Bennett and family up in my prayers.

  45. We are praying in Andrews, TX. Just put our kids to bed. Thanking God for all his precious gifts, and praying for healing for Bennett.

  46. We are praying in Andrews, TX. Just put our kids down. Thanking God for all His precious gifts, and praying for healing for Bennett.

  47. On my knees before the Lord on behalf of Bennett tonight here in Carencro, LA. Can’t wait to hear how God responds to His people’s petitions!

  48. I must say that I felt very moved and could FEEL the prayers pouring into heaven tonight at 8:00! I wasn’t planning on using the prayer guide but WOW was I glad to have and THAT is going into my save file. I hesitated to bring my children into the prayer group but of course I did! Luke has had a Myles Perett fundraiser bank the last 3 years and can tell you the entire story of Myles. So I call him in and tell him what we are going to do. Pray for Baby Bennett…. Who is very sick in the Hospital. Luke 6… Says…. Wait wait wait…. I know Bennett! He has Cancer! I say yes. He says we pray for him in Sunday school! 😉 soooo warmed my heart! So. Luke joined us in worship. Scripture reading and prayer for Bennett and the entire Coleman family. Blessed to know you and meet the youngest of the crew today! Sweet Davis and Reid! They are ready to come play with Mrs Charity, Luke and Quinn 😉
    Enjoy your week together Ben and Megan! Prayers that more great blessings come from tests and results this week!

  49. Dave, Bev, Bobby & Tina praying here in Parkland,FL. Heavenly Father heal this sweet baby. Love love and more love to all!!

  50. Craig and I have been praying in Fort Worth, Texas tonight, and will continue to lift up your precious family every day.

  51. We prayed in Louisville KY @ 9pm est. We had dinner with a couple for the first time. We interrupted our meal & prayed at the table in front of them. They invited us to their Super Bowl party so it didn’t seem to hurt our new friendship. We love you all so much!

  52. Praying from Youngsville, LA.
    I am deeply moved by each blog post. Thank you for sharing and opening your lives and heart. Much love. Glad today was good!
    Romans 12:15 ESV
    Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.

    1. I pray a lot for Bennett’s comfort, emotional and physical (mouth sores, diaper rash, abdominal swelling, taking meds, and any nausea or other suffering) and Mom and Dad, especially emotional and spiritual. All petitioned from God in his grace and merciful love.

  53. I just finished praying for “our ” precious Bennett. I feel as
    though you have all become part of my family as I’ve spent time with our Father talking and crying out to Him abut Bennett. What a privilege to seek the Lord’s favor on your baby’s behalf. With love…from Austin, Tx

  54. We prayed for you guys tonight in San Diego, CA. (6:00 our time :)) thank you guys for graciously sharing your lives with us. We’ve been praying hard for you guys since my mom and dad (Lonnie and Becky Laue) told me about little Bennett in December. Praying for strength for you guys and praying that The Lord shrinks that tumor!

  55. Thank you for this post. Thank you for letting me be part of your world. Praying everyday for Bennett in Youngsville LA.

  56. Prayed from Lafayette, LA. Our thought & prayers are with you all during this time. God is using y’all & this journey in a mighty way. Praise for prayers already answered & those to come.

  57. So enjoyed spending time with fellow Christians tonite (in spirit) as we all lifted Bennett’s healing up to The Greatest Physician!! Thank you Lord Jesus for hearing our petitions and the answers you are already supplying for the Coleman’s and the doctors…Lin Hastings Houston, Tx

  58. Thank you for allowing our family to pray together with you tonight for Bennett’s healing, and for amazing strength for your family all through this journey! ~Chad, Layla, Christian, Ally, Morgan & Isaiah (Broussard, LA) “But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

  59. Prayers from all of the prayer warriors we could muster! He hears our prayers for Bennett and your faithful family! Dallas, TX

  60. I missed 8pm, but I am certainly praying for Bennet here in Jacksonville, FL.

    So blessed by you guys. Praying for your sweet baby.


  61. Praying for you here in Lafayette. Your faith is inspiring. Woke up at 4:30 am with you guys on my mind. Will be lifting you up as often as I think of you. Thank you for sharing your story.

  62. Oh, Ben, how do you keep on blessing us with words of wisdom and encouragement while you stand right in the epicenter of this quake? Thank you again for continuing to help and teach us through this battle. Your wife is amazing. She encouraged and taught us as we all prayed together last night. The prayer time was intense and yet refreshing. It surely served its purpose of drawing us closer to God and closer to each other as we pleaded with Him on Bennet’s behalf. Many tears were shed, songs were sung and many uplifting scriptures were read, hearts laid bare to God.

    Today seeing your sister holding Bennet brought tears to my eyes because I sensed the help and encouragement that she physically brought to you which we are all praying for for you. She is like a strong angel, God’s Cavalry, backup. My prayer today is for strength for your and Megan’s hearts and healing for Bennett.

  63. Ephesians 3, Matthew 7, Isaiah 40, Hebrews 11 and 12, 2 Corinthians 4, Isaiah 40, 43 were just some of the chapters read and prayed last night, cleansing with the water of the word.

  64. I will be praying tonight from Nashville, Tenessee…and Ben and I will continue to pray for your little boy in the coming weeks and months!

  65. My heart goes out to you. I have been praying for a miracle for baby Bennett and for God’s peace to be with both of you. Also for the rest of your family.
    Bayou Church

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