Effectual, Fervent Prayer • James 5:16

So many things are taking place when we pray. Initially, we know that prayer changes our hearts. We are reminded in prayer of our own insufficiency. Our hearts are stirred to humility and dependence upon God’s sovereign power in our weakness. It brings us into God’s presence; which convicts us of sin, sanctifies us, and comforts us in His love. The other, almost unbelievable truth is that prayer actually makes a difference in this world. The Bible says the effective fervent prayer of a righteous man (or woman) avails much (James 5:16). That phrase, “avails much” could be translated, makes a big difference. In and through our prayers, we have the privilege of participating in God’s work in this world. May the Lord stir our hearts to diligently pray to Him today.

 

-Chris Rodriguez, Assistant Pastor