Welcome to day 23 of our 40-Day Prayer Challenge!
There are many tools we have that bring tremendous power to our prayer lives, but this one is closer than you think!
The Bible says in James, “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
James 5:16 NKJV
The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous person avails, accomplishes, or can do what? Much!
The next verse says,
“Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.”
James 5:17 NKJV
In other words, Elijah was just like us, flesh and blood, yet he prayed and when he did it didn’t rain on the land for three and half years, that’s a brother that knows how to pray, amen?
When did it rain again? When Elijah prayed!
Of course, that was in line and accordance with God’s will, but God just didn’t stop the rain, did He? No, He called upon someone to pray that it wouldn’t rain, and then God shut up the heavens.
Who did He choose? Elijah, right? Why? Because Elijah was in the habit of putting God first, “The prayer of a righteous person avails much.”
It doesn’t mean we’re going to be perfect, because we’ll still sin, but it’s what we do, and how long we stay in that sin that determines if we’re truly striving to put God first or not.
Psalm 66:18, says if we cherish sin in our where? In our hearts, God will not hear, in other words, a temporary suspension of our prayer lives. Not a temporary suppression of His love, which thankfully is never suspended!
However, 1 John 3:22 says this, “And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.”
1 John 3:22 NKJV
“His sight.” This is a phrase you’ll see often in the Bible, and you’ll read of former Kings who either were pleasing in the Lord’s sight or that did evil in the Lord’s sight. In other words, God sees and takes note of those that strive, not always arrive, but strive to put Him first, and as a result, He blesses their prayer lives with this special influence called favor, amen?
My point is you’re not wasting your time to put God first, it’s one of the most powerful things you could ever do or take the time to investigate how to do it. You’ll never be perfect and God’s love for you will never change because it’s not based on condition, it’s unconditional.
However, your prayer life can have a tremendous influence on God because of one thing, your heart! Your most powerful prayer weapon is pumping blood through your body right now, and it’s your heart!
If your heart is set upon the Lord and you strive to put Him first, you’ll have God’s attention, and your prayer life will avail much!
God never looks at the outward, but always at the inward, the heart. That’s how He chooses People for certain tasks, He looks at the heart.
“But God removed Saul and replaced him with David, a man about whom God said, ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after My own heart. He will do everything I want him to do“
Acts 13:22 NLT
Your heart is your resume with God, your heart will and can determine your destiny, and your heart is what can bring tremendous power to your prayer life!
If your heart’s not right in His sight, then just get an oil change! An express oil change by simply using the weapon of confession and in an instant your prayer life will be ready to avail much!
God bless you!
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