Posted January 25, 2013on:
There are many people in this world who believe prayer doesn’t matter and nothing good comes out of it. There are Christians in the world who do pray but they don’t think of themselves as effective. God does not want us to have doubt when we are praying whether it be a specific prayer or an all encompassing prayer.
“The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16)
I also like the Amplified version of James 5:16,
“Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamics in its working].”
A righteous person is a person who is in right standing with God. It is a person who has a personal relationship with Jesus and our Heavenly Father. A righteous person wants what is right according to God’s will.
Here are some simple steps to follow for an effective and powerful prayer:
Start your prayer with praise and gratitude. Praise God for what He has done, all He does and all He will do. Thank Him for his faithfulness and His unconditional love. Praise Him for all He is and who He is.
Confess and repent your sins. Acknowledge any sin that you are aware of and ask forgiveness for those sins that were unintentional. Asking for forgiveness of sins also entails we are to turn away from that particular sin. Repentance means a sincere turning away, in both the mind and heart, from self to God.
Continue to pray, never give up. God has a plan for your life. Remember, God’s timing is not like our timing. So if you haven’t had an answer to prayer, just keep praying and remain faithful. You will reap your harvest in God’s appointed time.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9