“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).
WHY do we pray? What happens when a man engages in effective praying? It is vital we consider these questions. Having a clear understanding of the benefits of an exercise is a very strong incentive, for a full and faithful engagement in that particular exercise. We pray because God has given us very definite promises in His Word that He will answer us when we pray.
“And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it (John 14:13-14).” (Matt. 7:7-11; Mark 11:23-24; Matt. 16:18-19; Jeremiah 33:3; Psalm 65:2).
When we pray, God supernaturally supplies our needs according to the riches of His grace.
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19). (Phil. 4:19; Judges 15:17-19; I Sam 1:26-28, Genesis 21:1519; Genesis 24:12-26).
When we pray, we enjoy the peace of God that passes all understanding, and we are not troubled by any fear, anxiety and insecurity.
“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6-7). (Isaiah 26:3; John 14:27; 2 Thes. 3:16; Rom. 16:20; John 16:24).
When we pray sincerely, we enjoy a deep fellowship with God, we can hear His voice, receive clear direction and solve life’s problem in His presence. This brings fullness of joy and great pleasure.
“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalm 16:11). (Matt. 17:1-7; Acts 4:31; Acts 13:1-2; Acts 2:1-4; 2 Chro.5:13; 2 Chro. 20:1-18).
Prayer certainly changes things. Jabez prayed and his life changed. David prayed and God turned the counsels of his enemy to foolishness, Daniel prayed and the nations of Israel came out of their captivity. There is a difference between the person who prays and the person who does not.
“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” (Jeremiah 33:3). (1 Chro. 4:9-10; Ps. 40:1-3; Daniel 9:1-6; 1 Sam. 1:26-28; Acts 6:4-7).
Prayer changes us. Nobody prays truly and remains the same. There is a transformation that takes place in a person’s life, when you spend time in the presence of God in prayer. That was the story of Moses. Forty days in the presence of God and his face began to shine. You too can be transformed if you will stay in His presence. Try it today.
“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (II Corinthians 3:18). (Ex. 34:28-30; Ps. 40:1-3; Acts 9:11-16; Matt. 17:1-7; James 5:16).
As you pray today, pray with a definite expectation of answer. Our God will surprise you.