The Power of Prayer
James 5: 16b The effective (fervent) prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.
The Bible is clear. Oftentimes, not much is accomplished because we pray so little.
Prayer is never to be sought out as a magic formula, a Christmas wish list, or treated as a cold and dull religious exercise. Prayer is conversation with God and, as effective conversation goes, requires both speaking and listening with the anticipation of seeing what God is up to as you enjoy your relationship with Him even when He is pinpointing something in your life that isnt right. What a difference our Christian walk, witness, and service would be if we were to spend more time in prayer because we want to spend more time in prayer.
As a matter of fact the best way to deepen your prayer life is to pray and to circle others in prayer. Read what Jesus is doing now in Hebrews 7:25.
I have a dear friend by the name of Charles Dirr who recently said to me, Reverend Mabrey, remember, it is impossible to stumble when you are on your knees.
James 5:17 tells us that Elijah was a man with a nature like ours and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain. See I Kings 17. Literally James 5:17 says Elijah prayed praying that it would not rain!
Thank you Jesus for your ever-present prayers and the joy of prayer!