James 5:16b, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
Prayer is one of the most amazing gifts given to a Child of God, and yet, it is easy for us to get into the habit of praying for all the general things that we overlook or do not take the time to fully benefit from its power. PRAYER IS POWERFUL! Prayer has been defined as an action that activates the arm of the Almighty. When we pray, we are talking directly to the Creator of the world, the King of Kings, our Great Savior. As humans, we have no comprehension of all that He is capable of doing in and through us. That is why He tells us, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” (Jeremiah 33:3) All we have to do is ask in faith, and He will take care of the rest. Prayer is a good way for us to put our faith to the test. Many times I worry about things or try to figure them out on my own and see what I can do to fix things, when the answer is just a prayer away. When I just give it to God in prayer and sit back and watch how He works everything out, I am amazed every single time.
I just want to encourage you and renew the aspect of prayer in your life with this writing. When I consciously spend more time in prayer, I have found that I effortlessly rely more on Him. Everything in my day could be going wrong, but when I am spending it with Him, it does not seem as bad. God wants to have fellowship with us, His children, so He has said over and over in His word for us to pray. I feel like my relationship with God is so much sweeter when I am talking to Him all throughout the day.
Our prayers should be for our personal needs. Philippians 4:6 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” He cares about our needs, He wants to supply them, but He also wants that fellowship with us when we ask for His help. God wants us to be needy, because you cannot help someone who does not need help. Even when we think it is impossible, that’s when God likes to show exactly what He can do.
Our prayers should also be for others. On many occasions, Paul told the churches he wrote letters to that they were always in his prayers, or that he continually prayed for them. In James 5:16 it says, “…pray one for another…” We should be conscious of those in need around us as well. Our family, friends, church family, neighbors, coworkers, and sometimes even our acquaintances need our prayers. I heard a statement once that was very thought provoking, you are the only Bible that some people may ever read. If that is the case, is the “Bible” of our lives lining up with the Word of God? Some may not know how to pray, but they know that you do. Praying for someone else will also make you closer to them and aid in building a stronger bond between friends. We should watch for someone that we can be a blessing to just by giving our time in prayer for them, or with them.
The biggest blessing I’ve had from prayer, besides getting answers to prayer, is the blessing box that I have started to keep. I have a jar that has blank squares of paper and a pen in it. I keep it on my dresser and any time I have an answered prayer I write it down, fold it up and put it in my jar. I’ve even started writing down little things that God has done for me that may not even be much, but it made my day brighter, even if I didn’t really pray for them. I write these things down throughout the course of the year, then at the end of the year, I empty the jar, and go back and read all the things that God did for me during the past year—whether big or little things, it is such a blessing to me all over again. To think of how much God really does love me, and how He really does answer prayer, it renews my desire to pray even more the next year. I put all the past blessings in a little box (this is why I call it a blessing box instead of a jar, I guess) and I start over with an empty jar for the upcoming year!
The last thing I would like to share is just the lyrics to a song that always minister to my heart. This is actually the last verse and then the chorus, but the words are so good!
Just Pray by Rodney Griffin
We have been given a means to the throne
Of the One whose potential is yet to be known
There is no limit as to what God can do
So just keep on praying, He’s listening to you
And prayer is just as big as God is
Prayer is just as strong as God is strong
Prayer can reach as far as God can reach
Don’t ever give up, just pray, just pray
Don’t ever give up, just pray!
Sarah Faye DeMaris