Prayer is an integral part of the Christian faith. It is communication with God, an acknowledgment of His role in our lives, and in the lives of those we pray for and with. Prayer gives us the opportunity to assist someone even when we can’t be with them. In order to be more effective in our prayer life, it is important that we understand who we are, who we pray to, and how important prayer is. This book is designed, through daily readings, to prepare you for a life of prayer, to be a more effective pray – er, and to give you the confidence support those whom you are in contact with through prayer.
My Prayers Are Powerful and Effective
Straight Line to God
Often, when I am traveling around at a secular rally, people approach me to ask for prayer. I’ve often rebuffed their comment that I have a direct line to heaven and therefore God, explaining that anyone can pray. But if I believe that the Bible is true, and I do, then I have to believe that this unbelieving person is right. He doesn’t know why or what to do about it, unless I explain the path to salvation to him, but he does know that the prayers of a righteous man … or woman …. availed much.
In 2 Corinthians 5:21, we read, “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” This verse means that if we believe in Jesus, we can become the righteousness of God and God hears the righteous. Jesus becomes our intercessor … our lawyer … before God once we have asked Him into our heart. So we do, in fact, have a direct line to God.
But do we live like it? How often do we walk through life and try to put our own muscle on our prayers instead of invoking the name of Jesus. Or for the matter, how often do we forget to even talk to Him at all?
Right now, over the internet and elsewhere, prayers are being lifted for the people devastated by this horrendous storm that’s just hit the eastern seaboard. How many of those prayers come from unbelieving people who only acknowledge God during a disaster? Does He hear them? Yes, of course He does but He doesn’t have to answer. It’s the prayer of a righteous man whom God hears and answers. So that behooves those of us who are Christ followers to pray more fervently and regularly.
As Christians, our voices need to be lifted as intercessors for those who do not know Jesus and not just to fix their problems … turn their electricity on, feed them, clothe them, supply a home for them, or any of those very necessary requests. We must pray that God has gotten their attention and that they will do something about it. We must pray for their salvation.
This storm’s damage destroyed more in one night than Katrina did. The struggling economy of the United States will take another hit and insurance rates will escalate due to the damage claims paid out. The storm did not affect just those living in the area. Its affects will be far-reaching and long lived. Prayer is all we have and we Christians need to feel compelled to pray daily, for a long time, asking God to intervene.
Do you believe that you are the Righteous of God, His Holy vessels? Believe it, and then live like it.