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August 19, 2020

Today’s Promise

My Prayers Are Powerful

James 5:16

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.

Prayer is Powerful

Prayer is a powerful weapon. When you pray, you connect with God and release the power of heaven into any situation. Through prayer, people have been saved, healed, and transformed. 

Two phrases jump out at me in this promise.

Effective Prayer

‘The first is “effective prayer.” Effective prayer comes from a righteous person. A righteous person doesn’t have to be perfect or sinless. A righteous person is someone who is living a God-centered and God-dependent life.

You may be thinking that only special, and mature Christians can pray effectively. You don’t have to have a special anointing or be a preacher to pray effectively. One of my favorite verses on prayer comes right after this promise.

In James 5:17, James says that Elijah prayed, and it didn’t rain. Then he prayed again, and it did rain. Now here is the part that blows me away – “Elijah was as human as you are…” Wow, Elijah prayed with power, and yet he was a person just like you and me.

Prayer Works

When you pray, things happen. God gets involved and begins working in the situation. 

The second phase is “can accomplish much.”

When you pray, you are not just talking out loud. Prayer is not an exercise for the weak-minded to make them feel better. Prayer is connecting with the creator God and bringing His power and will into a situation.

Prayer releases heavenly forces to battle against the work of Satan in a situation. When you pray, your prayers will accomplish much because of your righteousness in Christ, and your faith that God will work.

Look at that promise again.

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. – James 5:16

Make this confession

  • When I pray, I bring God into my circumstances.
  • My prayers are powerful because God is directing them.
  • My prayers are effective because I have Christ’s righteousness.
  • When I pray, I release spiritual forces to bring about God’s will.

In Jesus name,

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  1. Belinda McCall August 19, 2020 at 7:37 am - Reply

    I love this

  2. Marie August 19, 2020 at 9:03 am - Reply

    This word. Is on point about prayer.

  3. Rodger Johnson August 19, 2020 at 10:19 am - Reply

    Billy, in your opinion., does this verse imply you must confess your sin(s) to people first? Do you need to reveal your sins to ( man) first for forgiveness?

    • Billy Taylor August 20, 2020 at 11:23 am - Reply

      For the Christian, our forgiveness is found only the Lord Jesus. We confess our sin to Him and He brings forgiveness. He is our High Priest, so there is never a need to go through man for the forgiveness of sin. We confess our sin to one another as a point of accountability, fellowship, and encouragement. When I confess my sin to you, it allows you to pray for me, encourage me, and keep me accountable to the Lord.

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