The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
As I drove to work this morning, I glanced over to my left and saw the most beautiful moon. As I admired the moon, I began to thank God for all His creations.
I drove a little further and saw the huge American flag at one of our local schools, blowing in the breeze and I began to thank God for my country.
As I prayed my mind went back to a video I watched online last night about prayer. The minister was talking about all the things going on in the world and calling his partners to begin to gather and pray.
I could not agree more.
There are natural disasters all around us. We have the hurricane in Texas and another one about to hit Florida. We have the fires in several states. It seems everywhere we turn there are natural disasters and many in need.
Beyond those, we have the threat of war on several sides. We have our government fighting against each other on every turn. We have children being beaten and murdered. We have millions on drugs. If this is not the time to come together and pray, I don’t know what is.
If all this wasn’t enough, it seems lately, that there are great battles going on in personal families. Family fighting against family, or families battling sickness and disease.
The battle says the enemy will attempt to weary the saints and I see this very thing happening right now, don’t you?
However, we do not have to bow to it. We can rise above it. And we can do that, just as the minister said, through prayer of unity.
James 5:16 says ‘the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.’
In the Amplified it says; The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man, believer, can accomplish much when put into action and made effective by God, it is dynamic and can have tremendous power.
Matthew 18:19 says; Again, I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.
We see from these two verses alone the great power in unity in prayer. If there were no other scriptures available for prayer, these two alone would empower us to see God’s hand move in our lives and in our land.
However, as we know, there are many more scriptures on prayer, allow me to share a few with you today.
1 John 5:14-16; Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
2 Chronicles 7:14; if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Ephesians 6:18; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
Mark 11:24; Therefore, I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
Romans 12:12; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;
Luke 18:1; Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.
Philippians 4:6; Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
Colossians 4:2; Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.
This is only a portion of what the Word of God says concerning prayer. Our God put great emphasis on prayer and its importance in the life of a believer.
Today, I encourage you to gather a group of friends or even one or two and begin to pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you and guide you. It’s time we pray and press in as the Body of Christ.
Pray for your city, your country. Pray for the cities and states that are experiencing disasters. Pray for the hand of God to be revealed in those places. Whatever you do…just begin to pray and press in.
That being said, don’t just pray. If there is something more you can do, do it.
James 2:15-17 says; If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus, also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
Put feet on your faith and do something to help those around you. It can be a big something or a small something. But do something!
It may be a meal, or a shoulder to cry on. It may be a big gift, giving a vehicle or paying off a debt. It may be a small something, like calling to check on them each week, encouraging them in the word, sending an email to let them know you are thinking of them…seek God and do whatever He leads you to do. Every gesture, large and small, helps…trust me. If you have nothing else to give you can give of yourself. We are a body, we help one another, in prayer and in actions.
Friends, partners, it’s time to gather and pray in unity….will you be a part of that? Will you be a part of what God is doing in the earth? I say ‘yes and amen.’
Prayer for Today: Father, we humble ourselves today and seek Your face. We call for Your will to be done in the earth, just as You have said. We come into agreement with Your word and declare Your body blessed and safe and prospering, this day, in Jesus name. May we come together as a body this day, in Jesus name. Amen.