Prayer needs to be a vital part of every Christian's life. With all that scripture has to say about prayer, why is it that so little time is given to this great source of power? The last part of James 5:16 reminds us that "The effectual fervent prayer of a rightous man availeth much." If we want God to use us for His glory and for other people to know what it is to see God move, then we must get back to a regular and fervent prayer life.

Each of us understands that God is all powerful and all knowing, but we need to stop and think about how God hears and answers prayer. When we pray we are not to pray in a demanding fashion. Instead, we are to pray that God's will be done in each and every situation. God is not obligated top answer our careless, selfish prayers which often are spoken without regard to the future and others. Because God is omnipotent and omnicient, He can do things that not only bring glory to the Father, but also brings teaching and benefit to us and the one's we love.

God wants to hear us pray. He likes us to ask Him for help and advice. He is thrilled to give good gifts to His obedient children. He also is glad to withhold evil and hurtful things from us. When God says, "No" to a prayer request, He is saying that He loves us too much to allow us to bring harm to ourselves.

Where is your prayer life at? Is time alloted daily for prayer, or do you just use prayer as a spare tire when life goes bad. The average prayer life is most likely weak and misused. Does answered prayer seem almost non-existent? For many Christians, their prayer life will have very little influence or affect on their daily life, but for the "effectual fervent prayer of a rightous man," God get's involved.

The average prayer life will seldom be noted or recognized, while a powerful prayer life will rehape the future and eternity for many.

Saved to Serve,
Pastor Darrell Roe