EFFECTUAL PRAYER (Part 1)

EFFECTUAL PRAYER (Part 1)

James 5:16-18 (AMP )16 Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]. 17 Elijah was a human being with a nature such as we have [with feelings, affections, and a constitution like ours]; and he prayed earnestly for it not to rain, and no rain fell on the earth for three years and six months.  18 And [then] he prayed again and the heavens supplied rain and the land produced its crops [as usual].

I want us, for the next few days, to look at effectual prayer.  I like the way the Amplified version of the Bible translates this verse.  It says, “The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].”  That is talking about us!  We are the righteous ones, because of what Jesus has done for us.  So in prayer, we can see tremendous power available.

When we get fervent in our prayers, we will see mighty things happen.  Many times in prayer we just do it, but when we make a heart connection and give it our all, we will see the results that the Bible talks about.  In the next couple of days, we are going to look at Elijah and Daniel, and see how their prayers changed nations. 

But the point I want us to see today is that it is not about being a Daniel or Elijah.  The point is about being righteous, which we are because of Jesus, and then being fervent in our prayers.  We should not just pray and daydream.  We should hook up with the Holy Spirit, our Helper, and get things done in the spirit realm.

Confession: I am the righteousness of God, in Christ Jesus.  Because of that, my prayer life is effectual.  I will continue to grow, and let the Holy Spirit pray through me, as I yield myself to His leading.

Today’s Bible Reading

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Ezekiel 35 – 36

James 1:1-18

Psalms 116

Proverbs 27:23-27

Bible in a Year: 365-Day Reading Plan : English | King James Version (KJV)

Today’s Bible reading from Old Testament : Ezekiel 32, Ezekiel 33:1-32

Today’s Bible reading from New Testament : James 1

Today’s Bible reading from Psalms and Proverbs: Psalm 127:1-5

Bible in a Year: 365-Day Reading Plan : English | New Living Translation (NLT)

Today’s Bible reading from Old Testament : Ezekiel 32, Ezekiel 33:1-32

Today’s Bible reading from New Testament : James 1

Today’s Bible reading from Psalms and Proverbs: Psalm 127:1-5