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Prayer

Effectiveness of Prayers

James 5:16
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
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Effectiveness is the belief that our prayers have power over everything. Prayer meets our inner needs removing fear, strengthening us, and providing guidance and wisdom.

Prayer is effective in the lives of others giving them comfort, inner strength, spiritual knowledge and guidance and equipping them for what is to come.

Prayer changes the world --

Jonah was delivered from the belly of a great fish
Jonah 2:7-10 7 "When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord; And my prayer went up to You, Into Your holy temple. 8 "Those who regard worthless idols Forsake their own Mercy. 9 But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord." 10 So the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land. NKJV

Jabez prayed for protection from harm
1 Chronicles 4:10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, "Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!" So God granted him what he requested. NKJV

People are healed
James 5:14-15 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. NKJV

Elijah stopped and started rain -- but the story as told in 1 Kings 17 and 18 does not make it clear that these events were the direct result of Elijah&s prayers. It is only via the New Testament that God reveals this part of the story.
James 5:17-18 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit. NKJV

Notice a key element of these passages -- James places great emphasis on the fact that Elijah was "a man like us." James' point is that if Elijah could produce such results through prayers, so can we!

Are your prayers effective? Your continuing goal should be to make them more effective!

 

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