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.
The Power of Prayer Prayer is never a waste of time. Praying is more than talking to yourself. As a Christian, your prayers make a difference. When you pray, God hears and answers.
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.
The first is “effective prayer.” Effective prayer is prayer that makes a difference. It is prayer that is offered in faith and lines up with God’s will.
Effective prayer comes from a righteous person. A righteous person isn’t someone who is perfect or sinless. It is a person 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 with power. 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, yet he was a person just like you and me.
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 the problem.
Prayer releases heavenly forces to battle against the work of Satan in a situation. When you pray, your prayers will accomplish much because God has promised that your faith will release God’s answer.
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 these confessions.
When I pray, I bring God into my circumstances.
My prayers are powerful because God directs them.
My prayers are effective because I am righteous in Christ.
When I pray, I release spiritual forces to bring about God’s will.
In Jesus’ name,
Prayer is the secret weapon of the Christian. When you pray, heaven moves to bring about God’s answer. Your righteousness in Christ gives you confidence before God.
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