Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Prayer and Power

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James 5:16b (NLT)…The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

After Dare accepted the Lord Jesus, he observed that the Holy Spirit moved him to pray and each time he prayed he was empowered in the inner man. He knew this because the power of his flesh to control him was diminished. But he also observed that if he continually neglected the nudging of the Holy Spirit to pray, his flesh would become powerful again and his spirit relatively weak. He now decided that he was going to be committed to prayer like never before because he observed that the more committed he was to prayer and the Word, he became spiritually stable and strong. But he realized that his determination to be committed to prayer was not strong enough to make him pray the way he knew he needed to pray. When he discussed this with his pastor, his pastor instructed him to have a schedule and time for daily prayer in the spirit. 
Dare observed that because he now had a plan and not just a desire, he was now more effective.

We are instructed time and time again by the Lord and through His apostles to be prayerful (see Luke 18:1, Col 4:2, 1 Thes 5:17, Rom 12:22, Eph 6:18). This is because it is through prayer that we access the power of God we need for life and godliness. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous person makes much power available (James 5:16). ‘Prayerless’ Christians are powerless Christians.

Jesus told His disciples to pray so that they would not fall into temptation (Mark 14:38). The power to overcome temptation is made available when we pray.

Go into today remembering that the way to stand is by ‘praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit’ (Ephesians 6:18). Remember, if you fail to plan, you have planned to fail. Plan your day with prayer in mind. Have a plan to spend quality time praying each day, and ask the Holy Spirit to help you execute this plan.

Prayer: Lord, give me the grace and power to pray as I should. Help me walk in Your great power. Amen.
—Abraham Dami Arigi

Yearly Bible Reading: Jeremiah 12-16
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