Daily Devotional 5-21-20

Pleasing Prayers IV
By Rev. Emmanuel Afful

The earnest prayer of a righteous man has great power and wonderful results. James 5:16

A loving Christian is a praying Christian. And, a praying Christian is a powerful Christian. Prayer is a spiritual privilege given for our communion with God. In prayer, we partner with God so that His will is done on earth as it is in heaven. Prayer transcends space. That is why we pray for God’s intervention in distance places far from us. We can pray to influence a decision in places of authority without physically being present. There is military power, economic power, political power, etc., but the greatest of them all is the power of prayer. And, if that is the case, then the Church is the most powerful body in the world that can create “heaven” on earth through its ministry of prayer.

Effective and fervent prayer is never wasted. When a prayer is made right, with the right motives and right attitudes, the power of God is released to bless. And, sometimes, we may not necessarily feel or see the results, but with faith we know effective prayers are never wasted before God. So, how do we make effective prayers? We will spend three days exploring this question.

Praying the scriptures is very powerful and effective. Scripture informs prayer! This is vital and crucial. Scripture reveals the mind, character, and will of the Father to us. None of us has ever seen God physically. So, how did we come to know God? It is only through the scriptures that God has revealed Himself to us in a greater measure. Nature also reveals God, but not in the way scripture does. Therefore, when we pray the scriptures, we pray according to the mind and the will of God. Scripture is so sufficient that it will say something directly or indirectly about any situation you would ever encounter. It will provide you a direct response or offer wisdom and understanding about a particular situation. Therefore, we have the business of knowing the scriptures that talk about various subjects, so that we can read, quote and meditate on them in prayer.

So, I want to encourage you to “let the word of God dwell in you richly,” (Col. 3:16) so that you can always pray the scripture. Praying the scripture puts you on the same page with God; it aligns you and positions you in agreement with God.

For he/she who prays the scriptures, prays the mind and will of the Father.

PRAYER: Teach me, Lord, how to talk with you through your word. Open my eyes, mind, and heart to know your will as I listen, read, and meditate on your word. And, help me to take them into prayer.