SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17
THE PRAYER OF THE RIGHTEOUS
Main Text: James 5:16 – Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective”
Proverbs 15:8 – “The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked but the prayer of the upright pleases him”
“The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective”. What James is telling us here is that the prayer of a righteous man and woman carries weight before the presence of God and Satan. The prayer of a righteous man is reinforced by the power of God and it terrifies the devil. A righteous man’s prayer moves the hand that moves the world. The kingdom of God like every other kingdom has cultures by which it is run and one of those cultures is prayer.
The people of God’s kingdom thrives on prayer, so the bible tells the quality of this prayer; “The prayer of the righteous”. A righteous man is a man in right standing with God. He accepted the garment of righteous provided for man by God through Christ’s death and resurrection. Why the righteous man, you ask? The righteous man has direct connection to God and God’s ears are open to his prayer. The righteous man has an open link through which his prayers travel for easy reach to the father. And God works with prayers. God regards the prayer of the righteous very highly. This kind of prayer attracts God attention and he answers it quicker than the sacrifice of the wicked.
God has an unlimited capacity to answer prayers. You will never hear him say “due to unusually high call volume, I am unable to take your message at this time, please call back or leave a message. No, but the bible says “he shall call upon me and I will answer him, I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honour him (Ps.91:15).
THE PRAYER OF THE RIGHTEOUS IS LIKE SWEET MUSIC TO GOD’S EARS
Prayer point: My father!, help me to always live to please and honour you. Amen.
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