Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well, the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you my be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 4:13-16
As the air is important for us to be able to live, so is the prayer life to all Christians, without it, it would be impossible for us to have a walk with Christ. Through the Scriptures we do found the word prayer is mentioned in the Bible more than 650 times which is telling us how important prayer really is. As we look to John 15:16 Jesus is speaking to his disciples read these words: “The Father will give you whatever you ask for, using My name.” This Bible verse is one of Christ’s greatest pronouncements and we must make sure that we understand it correctly. A superficial reading of Jesus’ words might make us misunderstand them, so that it sounds like those who are chosen by God, His reborn children, can ask just anything, and they will receive it. However, the New Testament very clearly lays down definite and decisive principles about prayer.
Prayer must be offered in faith. When prayer is merely a formality, a routine repetition of the same words and requests, it cannot be answered. When prayers are without hope, they cannot be answered. In order to pray powerfully, we must have unwavering faith in the omnipotence and love of God.
We must prayer in the name of Christ. We cannot pray for things we know Jesus will disapprove of. The moment we ask for something that will enable us to achieve our own ambitions and desires, the prayer becomes powerless. Prayer must declare: “Let your will be done!” True prayer shouldn’t always ask for what we want, but rather what Jesus wants. Prayer must never be selfish. Jesus once said, “If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, My Father in heaven will do it for you. (Matthew 18:19) This means that no one should think only their own needs when praying. The greatest danger of prayer is that we pray as it no one but ourselves matter. The more we love God, the easier it is to pray correctly.
Grace and Peace to You My Friends