“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
James 5:16b KJV
Yesterday, we looked at how we are made righteous, not by works, but only by faith in the finished work of Christ.
Today, we will answer the question “how does it affect our prayer life and devotion?”
Jesus answered this question when he taught his disciples to pray by calling God “Father.” Because of what He has done, we have a positional consciousness in prayer that we are His children. He is in us now and like Jesus said in John 11:42, we have an assurance that He hears us when we pray.
Have you ever thought of yourself as unworthy to receive from God because of how lax you’ve been in your devotion in a time period? Or unworthy enough to preach the gospel or pray for the sick?
Do you feel differently when your devotional life has been consistent? Then you are focusing on the wrong things. Focus on what God has done for you in Jesus, not your efforts.
Stop sabotaging yourself when you pray. Instead, eliminate any secret thoughts that your prayer may not be answered.
Remember this, your effectual fervent prayer avails much because you are righteous. So don’t allow your “inadequacies” distract you from having a vibrant and guilt-free prayer life.
The flow of power through your life is not dependent on your prayer life but whom is inside of you. What prayer does is to build a consciousness of whom you carry – the Spirit of God!
God hears you in prayer because you are righteous and that’s what makes your prayer effective. Boast in this today as you pray!
Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 11:37-54, 2 Thessalonians 1:8-12, Psalms 145, 2 Chronicles 20-21.