"The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." ~James 5:16
Believers are righteous under the covering of our Lord Jesus.
To help remember the four parts of prayer, think of the acrostic P-R-A-Y:
P – Praise the Lord! Begin prayers first with praise, honoring the Lord. In the Bible, David gives a beautiful example in 1 Chronicles 29:11-13. It’s one we can use: ‘Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor…Yours, Lord, is the kingdom…In Your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give You thanks, and praise Your glorious name’.
R – Repent of sins. Just as heat forces impurities to the surface so the metal refiner can remove them, our prayer time will reveal attitudes that must be changed or habits that must be broken. It’s not enough to tell God about our sins. He already knows them. We can come to our Father who loves us and ask Him to help us turn away from sin. This is true repentance.
A – Ask for yourself and others. Our prayers invite God into every situation, our Father God wants to hear about every aspect of our lives. Faith activates His power to change it. There’s no distance in prayer, no culture or language barrier it can’t overcome. It’s like turning on a power switch – things begin to move when we pray. Jesus said, ‘I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven…whatever doors you open on earth shall be open in heaven’ (Matthew 16:19).
Y – Yield to God’s will. Jesus taught us to pray, "May Your kingdom come, may Your will be done on earth as it is done in heaven". His angels in heaven serve the Lord God obeying immediately, completely and without debate. Yield every prayer to our beloved Father in line with His will, in accordance with His word in the Name of Jesus.
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