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WHY PRAY ANYWAY?
(Your Earnest, Heartfelt, Continued Prayers Can Cause Changes)
TO THE BIBLE
James 5:16 AMPC “…The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].”
Some people give up a little too soon when faced with seemingly hopeless situations and challenges. They go about wailing and complaining to everyone about every problem instead of talking—in prayer—to the only One who can make a difference. The scripture above talks about the kind of prayer that produces results: it is earnest, heartfelt, and continued. It’s the kind of prayer that involves your emotions and all of your being—you put yourself into the prayer. It’s not a casual exercise but a serious-minded endeavour, intense with a singleness of purpose, such that you aren’t distracted by anything that’s unrelated to your goal.
At such times, you turn off the Internet, TV, and even your mobile device, because there’s a matter at hand. You’re praying to get results. This was the kind of prayer Elijah prayed when he prayed that it shouldn’t rain on the earth for three-and-a-half years (James 5:17). 1 Kings 18 throws more light on how he prayed earnestly: “…And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees” (1 Kings 18:42). He shut out all distractions and concentrated on his prayer; little wonder he had such great results. WHY PRAY ANYWAY?
Next time you have a seemingly hopeless situation to deal with, pray earnestly. Look for a quiet place where you can shut yourself away from all distractions and focus all your energies on the Lord. Pray earnestly and passionately, refusing to let your mind wander! Put your whole being into your faith-based prayers, for the earnest, heartfelt prayer of a righteous man produces results; it makes tremendous power available and is dynamic in its working.
Luke 22:44; James 5:17
Dear Father, thank you for teaching me your Word today on how to pray earnestly and passionately about the changes I seek to effect in my life and in the circumstances around me. I apply your Word today as I kneel in prayer, declaring words of faith and power with intent and singleness of purpose, and I have results that are evident for all to see, in Jesus’ Name.
Daily Bible Reading:
Hebrews 3, Jeremiah 38-40
1 Peter 2:1-12, Ezekiel 34
It’s time to put into practice what you’ve just learned today. Focus your attention on a situation you want changed (whether in your country, city, church, family, school, etc.,) and pray the earnest, heartfelt, continued prayer of the righteous.
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