Effectual Prayer

August 9, 2016

James 5:13-16

Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. 16Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. 

Effectual Prayer

What is your situation today?  God wants you to know that He is there for you, but the ball is in our court to reach out to Him.  He has placed powerful and effectual spiritual weapons and instruments into our hands, but we must learn to effectively utilize that which we possess.

“Is anyone in trouble?  He should pray.”  Prayer is the vehicle that goes to receive its answer and provision.  Prayer is not a magic formula, nor can its answer be placed in the constraints of our time frame.  Prayer is the outreach of a hand that should be stretched forth in faith.  It is not just saying the right words or what we say by rote or memorization.  It is the expression of the honesty and purity of our hearts that God desires to hear.  Prayer may meet with spiritual opposition and there may be times when our own hearts and motives are being tested in what we pray for.  Our prayers do not control the hand of God, but they are what tap us into His resources and provision.  For prayer to be effectual it must be combined with faith and it should be prayed in concert and agreement with the mind and will of God.  Faith stands in proxy until that which has been believed for is made evident.  

Approach the throne of God boldly because you are represented in Christ and He is your righteousness, but also approach the Lord with fear, reverence and awe, for He is awesome in His Holiness.  Our prayers are our communication with our Holy Papa.  He delights for us to spend time in His presence seeking His face.  He responds and answers, often not immediately, but after the council of His will and good pleasure.  I have found He often knows better how to answer my prayers than I know how to ask.  

“Is anyone happy?  Let him sing songs of praise.”   Praise and worship is what can bring us into the joy and presence of heaven.  We will find our richest encounters and our closest times with Father in that place of praise and worship.  Even if you aren’t happy to begin with, the exercise of praise often has to begin as act of will and obedience, not out of feeling.  Praise and song that issue from the depths of our spirit has the power to bring us into divine presence.  Psalms 22:3 declares, “But thou [art] holy, [O thou] that inhabitest the praises of Israel.”  In Christ you are spiritual Israel.  1 Peter 2: 9 declares, “But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.”  Psalms 147:1 exhorts us, “Praise ye the LORD: for [it is] good to sing praises unto our God; for [it is] pleasant; [and] praise is comely.”  Praise, joy, singing and worship go hand in hand with effectual prayer.  It is our voice of declaration and triumph.  Psalms 149:6 says, “Let] the high [praises] of God [be] in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand.”  We execute the judgements of God through the effectual power, prayer and praise.

  “Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.”  There is power, healing and deliverance when we operate under the authority and in alignment with God’s order.  We can get in that place where we feel we don’t need anybody, but God and us.  That is not the spirit of the body of Christ, because it works in unity, with each member working for the good of the other.  It works in alignment and in purpose with its head, but to function outside of the body is to be incomplete and often ineffectual.  It is not about just going to church.  It is about functioning as the organism of the Church.  When we are willing to submit to divine order and authority there is healing in the body physically, mentally and spiritually.  As we become accountable to one another in the spirit and the love of Christ we will confess our sins to one another so that we act as a cleansing for one another, no longer judging one another, but praying for one another.  We can be strong for one another and have each other’s backs.  As we confess our sins to one another and pray for one another, we build up the body of Christ in love and purity.  

The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”  1 Corinthians 1:30-31 states this truth, “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. 

When you know who you are in Christ and by what authority you have to pray then your prayers will be powerful and effective.




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