Our intercessions are for us
The prayers of the people call us. When we answer, we invite the possibility that it is we who will be poor, hungry, sick, and in prison.
Prayer is not a violation of the laws of nature. It's woven into God's ongoing act of creation, as fully as the tides.
One of the theological puzzles with which I have struggled over the years is what the Puritans called “special providence”—that is, God’s miraculous intercession in human affairs in response to prayer. Every pastor knows the dilemma.