The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
James 5:16, NLT
Prayer is the means through which we communicate with God our Father. First of all, God desires to have rich relationship with His children, where His children can talk to Him about everything. This has become possible because of the wondrous work Jesus did on Calvary.
Someone once said “a week without prayer makes a Christian weak”, and “a prayerless Christian is a powerless Christian”. This means that when you don’t spend time with God, you will become weak, powerless, and the enemy can attack and destroy you anytime. However, when you spend time with God, He directs your path with the help of His Spirit. He makes you stronger in Him as you put on His whole armor. Remember Jesus’ words that watch and pray so that you don’t enter into temptation.
In the lead passage, the scripture says that “the earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” Notice it says the earnest prayer of a righteous person, showing the kind of prayer you should pray.
Your earnest prayer will produce the wonderful results you seek in your life in Jesus’ Name.
In Luke 22:44 the Bible says “And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly”. Jesus, the Son of God, prayed more earnestly. Finally, Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years! Then, when he prayed again, the sky send down rain and the earth began to yield its crops. (James 5:17, NLT)
Your enemy knows what your prayer can do so he will try to distract your attention from praying. Some tools he uses are;
He will condemn you when you go wrong to make you feel that you don’t qualify to come to God. His interest is to keep your mouth shut because he knows that whatever you ask for in prayer, if you believe that you have received it, it will be yours. He knows that your earnest prayer has great power and produces wonderful results.
Friend, don’t let the devil keep your mouth shut. Take note of this; I am not encouraging you to sin but if you go wrong or sin, don’t let the guilt of those mistakes hinder you from praying. You prayer for forgiveness and ask for grace to continue your race. Remember “a prayerless Christian is powerless Christian”
- worry and anxiety
Worrying about your situation will shift your focus from God. It will make your problem(s) look bigger and you wouldn’t see the importance of praying to God. The enemy will make you worry as he knows it will keep your mouth shut.
Paul said in Philippians 4:6 that don’t worry about anything. Pray to God about everything.
- Your schedule
The enemy will give you a perfect excuse for not praying; your schedule. Why don’t you pray? “I am occupied”, “I don’t have time”, “my work takes all my time”, “I have to prepare breakfast, take my kids to school, and get to the office before 8am”, “I am always tired when I get home in the evening”, etc. Don’t let anything come between your Father and you. What shall separate you from the love of God?
The enemy is happy when you don’t forgive people who sin against you because it hinders you from receiving from God. When you don’t get answers to your prayers, you become disappointed and stop praying.
In Acts chapter 12, when the church prayed earnestly for Peter, who was then arrested by Herod and had been kept under four quadrant of soldiers, God sent an angel to rescue Peter from the prison. This was the wonderful result the church had when they prayed effectively for Peter. The lesson here is that your prayer has Power to break every yoke in Jesus’ Name.
The devil can’t hold you, your family, your friends, or even your business captive anymore because you are going to pray effectively which will make tremendous power available to destroy all the powers he has, and take back what is yours in Jesus’ Name.
Be encouraged to pray continually. Jesus started with prayer and ended with prayer.
Friend, Prayer is the master-key you need to open every closed-door in your life. God bless you
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