‘The prayers of a righteous person are powerful and effective.’ Elijah prayed and held the rain off for three and a half years. Then he prayed and it rained right then. Mordecai and Esther prayed for the deliverance of the Jews from Haman’s plot and they were saved. The people cried out to God in the desert and manna fell from heaven. Since these example of prayer were lifted up and answered, people have continued to pray and God has continued to answer.
For each of us, part of our divine appointment is to pray for one another. We are to confess our sins and struggles to one another and then to lift each other up in prayer. We are to share our burdens with one another so that we can share the load and also pray for one another. We are to share our joys and good news as well so that we can lift up prayers of praise and thanksgiving to the giver of all good things.
Our prayers must also extend to those outside of our small group or church community. We are to pray for victims of violence and social injustice both near and far. When we read or hear of these things, pray for them. We are to pray for the family who lost their home in a fire, for the parents who suddenly and unexpectantly lost a child, for the person struggling to feed their family, and for all others in need. Our prayer for the ‘stranger’ can be just as effective and powerful as the prayer for our own family.
We ar called to pray. And to pray and to pray and to pray. Pray without ceasing. Take everything to God in prayer. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Pray.
Scripture reference: James 5: 13-20