The promise of God is that “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous men availeth much,” James 5:16. The words “effectual fervent” refer to “energetic passionate” prayer. It is not prayer that is sluggish, lifeless, unconcerned, casual, halfhearted, and apathetic; it is prayer that pours forth from a burdened heart. That kind of prayer reaches heaven and moves the hand of God.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him,” Heb. 11:6.
- “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive,” Matt. 21:22.
- “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him,” 1 John 5:14-15.
I remind you, that when we pray we are talking to our Father. He delights in hearing and answering the prayers of His children Luke 12:32.
If we do not pray specific prayers, how will we ever know when God answers? When we ask Him for specific needs, and God answers, it glorifies Him, it assures us of our relationship to Him, and it increases our faith. All I am suggesting is that we need to get specific in our praying.
We pray a lot, but I fear that we fail to pray for one another. We pray for our needs and our burdens, but how much time do we really spend praying for others? Right now, there are people in our church family who are facing life-threatening illness. We should be touching Heaven for them. There are others who are wayward. We should be touching Heaven for them. There are other who are struggling with needs, burdens and problems. We should be touching Heaven for them. If you will take just a minute to think, the names and faces of your brothers and sisters in Christ will come to your mind. They need you to touch Heaven for them!
Our differences hinder our prayers! We want to see people saved. We want to see the Lord bless the church. We want the power of God on us once more. We pray, and we pray, and we pray, but we do not see power of God manifested in our midst, and it is because we have allowed petty differences to divide us. I want to go on record and say that if I have offended any one of you, I am sorry. I love you and I want to be able to join my voice with yours, so that we can touch Heaven together for the glory of God.
I believe that our God is still the God of miracles. He is able to do so much more than we have ever seen Him do. In fact, the limits of His power have never been witnessed, Ephesians 3:20. Let’s seek Him today and ask Him for some bring things that would honor Him and bring glory to His name.