James 5:16 (AMP) Therefore, confess your sins to one another [your false steps, your offenses], and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored. The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God-it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].
Rhoda grew up in a church where they knew how to pray. They could pray for twelve hours straight. But it was not a Bible-word-based church. Many of them lived unrighteous miserable lives despite their great prayer lives. Many of them had broken marriages, etc.. It appeared that all their prayers were not so powerful because they were not righteous people in their manner of conduct.
When Rhoda left home, she started attending a Bible-based church and grew greatly in faith and the word of righteousness. But they didn’t pray much in that church assembly so power wasn’t as much as it should be.
One big problem I have observed is that many churches that emphasize prayer the way churches should, do not emphasize the practical walking out of righteousness in the lives of their members. This has led to many of them living in an unholy and unrighteous manner. Because of this, even though they pray much, their prayers are not very powerful. It is the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man that makes much power available.
It is also sad that many churches that are faith and Bible-based these days do not pray much. Even when they have all-night prayers, they spend most of the time doing activities and not praying. There would have been tremendous power available if these churches grounded in the word prayed as much as they should.
Go into today asking the Lord to help you pray more in the spirit.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
Yearly Bible Reading: Isaiah 62-66 (In Devotional Audio)
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