We need to be mighty in prayer

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Mighty Prevailing Prayer”
Our Bible verse for today: “The prayer of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect.” James 5:16 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “We need to be mighty in prayer”
I think it’s safe to say that I’ve never met a man or woman who was fully satisfied with their prayer life. I’ve known lots of great saints who I have considered to be powerful and effective prayer warriors, but I’ve never known anyone who thought of themselves that way. Even those who believe strongly in the power of prayer and who pray often and with passion, almost always wish they were better pray-ers. I know that I do.
As I write this, I’m looking at one of the bookcases in my home office with the section of books about prayer. There are forty-seven of them. I have more on the bookshelves in my office at the church. I’ve read them all, some of them more than once, with underlines and notes in the margins. But I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m better at reading about prayer, and preaching and teaching about prayer, than I am at actually praying. Oh, I do pray, multiple times every day. And I am firmly convinced of the power of prayer, and of the necessity and importance of prayer. But as is probably true of you too, I sure do wish I was a better pray-er.
In James 5:16 James informs us that the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. That tells us something important about prayer. It tells us that there is power in the ministry of prayer and that it has an impact both in this physical world and in the spiritual realm. I want that power. I want to be able to pray effectively for myself, for my family, and for others.
More than thirty years ago Dr. Wesley Duewel wrote a great book about powerful, effective praying. The title was “Mighty Prevailing Prayer”. Over the course of this month, I’ll refer to some of the lessons in that book, but I also wanted to borrow his title for this devotional series. Mighty prevailing prayer is prayer that is powerful and effective because it persists until it prevails. That needs to describe our prayers too. I look forward to exploring this great truth with you.
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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