There are the prayers we normally pray… God bless us, God heal us, God help us, and bless this food. Amen. And then there is what James calls Effective Prayer. Too often we fall into the mode of quick, simple prayer, call it done, and wonder why our prayers are ineffective and powerless.
This week week we look at the attributes of Effective, Powerful Prayer.
Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven. Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. 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 sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops. James 5:13-18
Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God. Hebrews 5:7-8
Epaphras… is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured. Colossians 4:12