Posted by: springsinthedesert | October 29, 2009

The Prayer Of A Righteous Man Availeth Much

So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer.

              Ezra 8:23

All throughout the bible, we see the importance of prayer. We read about many heroes who acheived great things through prayer. You and me might have heard hundreds of messages about it. For today’s devotion, I would like to share few things about prayer.

We know that prayer is the communication with God. It involves listening and talking to the Lord. Prayer makes us more closer to God. If in a marriage, the husband and wife do not have proper communication, then the marriage life is not considered to be healthy. In the same way, a christian life without prayer is not healthy. God do not expect intellectual words or great vocabulary in our prayers. He do not see the method of prayer; whether we close our eyes when we pray or bow down in our prayers, rather He looks for a genuine heart and a faithful request.

In the book of Job, we see in the last chapter, that Job prayed for his friends and God restored all his losses. God had a very high opinion about Job from the beginning of the first chapter to the end. He was angry at the freinds of Job as they misled Job during His trouble. God asked Job to pray for them so that God’s wrath will not destroy them according to their folly. But we see here, that when Job prayed, not only that the purpose of the prayer was fulfilled, but Job was restored completely. That is one kind of prayer.

Now, let me take your attention to Genesis, chapter 20. There we see Abraham praying for Abimelech. Let me explain the context a little bit. Abraham, in his journey, stayed in a place called Gerar for sometime and Abraham told a lie to the people there that Sarah was his sister as he feared that the people will kill him on account of Sarah, his beautiful wife.(Genesis 20:11). Thinking that Sarah is his sister, Abimelech, the King of Gerar took her. But God did not let him do any sin to her and spoke to him in a dream , the truth about her. God asked Abimelech to restore her to Abraham. Then Abraham prayed to God and He healed Abimelech, his wife, and his female servants, as God had closed up the wombs of the house of Abimelech.

In both cases, if you read the respective chapters, you will see that God speaking very highly about Job and Abraham to others who needed the prayer. God heard their prayers because they were faithful in His eyes.James 5:16 says “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”But did you understand the difference in those two prayers? Job, even in the midst of trouble and loss, prayed for his friends. Can you imagine that? Job lost his children, his wealth and everything in a day. Moreover he is physically tormented by the sickness and emotionally upset about the advices from these friends. In the middle of all these, God is asking Job to pray for others. What would be our reaction if we were in his shoes? But when he looked beyond his situation and prayed for others, things started changing for him. Thats the power of prayer.

In the book of Genesis, Abraham prayed to God for Abimelech, when he was restored his wife. God had made people barren in Gerar because of Sarah, and when Abraham prayed, He opened the wombs of the nation. That is another kind of prayer.sometimes, When God restores everything to us, He expects us to pray for others and heal their barreness. When God delivers you from sickness and restores your health, you are supposed to pray for others who are sick. In the same way, when you are given a child, you are to pray for others who are without one. 

In other times, when we are in the middle of trials, instead of pampering our own problems, God expects us to pray for others and when we do that God restores all our losses. It is very difficult to pray for others when we have many prayers unanswered. But God says that the answer to your prayer is given to you right at the time you pray for others.

Praying for others is an important responsibility given to every child of God. We often act very selfish in our prayer lives and pray only for our own family. Interceding for others will always result in a reward. When you pray for others in the midst of pain and losses, God will restore your condition. And at times, when you are given everything, you need to pray for others who lack it and God will change their condition. So praying for others is a continous action expected from us.

Reflection

Today, check for things that you lack in life, your losses and your pain..and pray for other who lack the samethings. God will restore your conditions. At the same time, examine the things in life that God has restored or given you…pray for others who do not have it and God will restore what they lack.

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. James 4:17

In Him,

Rani John 

 

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Responses

  1. Rani,
    Nice thoughts. Your words have helped me and encouraged me lot in my daily walk with God

    May God Bless you

  2. I take in a nutshell that When you pray merely for yourself, it may not be answered. But when you pray for others, both you and others are taken care of. Also implimentation of today’s prayer thoughts does not need extra resources like finance or time. So it is an advise that can be practised outright
    Thank you for the thoughts!

  3. Thank you so much for your encouraging comments…It helps me write more and more…

    Rani


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