“The effectual prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16 KJV
What is Prayer? Prayer is communication with God.
There is power in the Word of God and there is power in prayer. When we combine the power of the Holy Spirit with these two active sources with we can and will experience God’s “dunamis” (which is the Greek work for strength, power and ability) power in our lives and in the lives of us through our prayers.
The power and presence of God will be released in our lives when we learn how to personalize the promises of the Scriptures by offering them back to God through prayer.
Jeremiah 33:3 – “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”
The Bible lets us know that we don’t know what to pray for.
Romans 8:26-27 – “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”
Isaiah 55:8-9 – “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
The Word of God gives us insight into the mind and heart of God.
Our desire must be to pray in accordance with God’s will which we find in His Word in its entirety. This is what makes our prayers effective and powerful. Effective prayer is guided by Scripture.
Our prayers will be effective only when they closely adhere to the will of God as it is revealed through His Word.
James 5:16 - The Bible assures us that, “The effectual prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
Praying the Word is effectual and it avails much in the believer’s life because it builds faith in our hearts and activates God’s supernatural power to meet our needs.
Praying the Word of God back to Him is not meant as a reminder to God but as a reminder to us of His promises which builds faith and expectation in our hearts. It keeps us in line with His will. This is what God wants for us because He loves us.
A Spirit of Humility – “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV
Humility - freedom from pride or arrogance. the quality or condition of being humble; modest opinion or estimate of one's own importance, rank, etc.
How do we humble ourselves? As Christians and believers of the faith we must recognize our dependence upon God (our Father and Creator).
Romans 12:3 – “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”
Abide in Christ and let His Word abide in you; then you will ask what you will and it shall be done!
James 4:2-3 – “Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.”
As we learn to pray the Word, God reveals the motives of our hearts to us and we learn how to pray in accord with His will. God promises that His Word will accomplish His will in our lives.
Isaiah 55:10-11 – “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
We must pray the Word of God because this our sure defense against the enemy (Mathew 4:1-11).
Psalm 19:14 – “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.”
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