We hear so much about prayer, and how it is a blessing to be prayed over or prayed for. It is truly a gift given when we take tiem our of our day to pray for people such as those serving in the military, but is that all we can do? Yes and no. Although prayer is something that is our only way to help people, the Bible tells us that the prayer of the righteous man avails much:
“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16)
Let’s face it, some people’s prayers seem to be heard more than others. Let’s do all those that we are praying for a huge favor, and get into that category of those righteous men and women who’s prayers avails much. This is not a push into legalism, it is a challenge to put God first in our lives, and seek a deeper and more genuine living relationship with our savior. The closer we are to Him, and the more we put Him first in our lives, the more effective our prayers will be, and the more we can bless those that we are praying for.
Don’t feel bad if you’re prayers don’t seem to be answered though; this is not to lay a burden on anybody, or give them an excuse to beat up on themselves. There are times when I’ve prayed and haven’t seen any results, but other times I see very powerful results right before my eyes. To help tune and hone our prayer lives, I recommend visiting GreatBibleStudy.com and under the audio sermons (in the archives), find the teaching series on Keys to an Effective Prayer Life. They are so powerful and will change your prayer life forever if you let them!