Week 3: The prayer of the righteous
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (James 5:16).
The testimonies of the Scripture are very loud and clear that, when God’s people truly pray, whether individually or collectively, something extra-ordinary happens.
Abraham prayed and Lot was delivered from the judgment of Sodom (Genesis 19:29).
Isaac prayed and his barren wife produced a set of twins (Genesis 25:21).
Jacob wrestled with God in an all-night prayer and his life changed forever (Genesis 32:26-30).
The children of Israel cried to God and He sent them a deliverer, who took them out of Egypt (Exodus 3:7). Samuel prayed and the armies of the Philistines were destroyed (1 Samuel 7:9-12). David prayed and God did great wonders (2 Samuel 22:4-8).
Hezekiah prayed and God changed the date of his death (Isaiah 38:1-9).
Jehoshaphat led Israel to fast and pray, and three mightier nations were defeated (2 Chronicles 20:2-30).
Jesus spent time in prayer and His Father showed Him what to do (John 5:19, 30).
The early church prayed and the church grew by leaps and bounds in spite of hell’s fury (Acts 6:4-7).
God has given us clear promises that He will do the unusual, when we pray with all our hearts (Jeremiah 29:13, 33:3, Matthew 7:7-8).
This is to challenge you to really pray today, and to take your prayer life very seriously. When you do that, it will make a real difference in your life.
If, indeed, you are a child of God, you are righteous in Christ and your prayer is very powerful in its working. Please, use your weapon and be more than a conqueror through Christ.
The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working] (James 5:16b, AMP).
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