Daily D – James 5:16
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. JAMES 5:16 (NLT)
If you want to get an AMEN from your Christian friends on Facebook, post these words: “I believe in the power of prayer!” Be sure to use the exclamation mark. Guaranteed Likes and comments will be yours.
You could even jazz it up a bit and say something like, “Let’s see who has the courage to copy this and post it: ‘I believe in the power of prayer!!’” Note the extra exclamation point. This makes it even stronger. You could go as far as three exclamation points, but four is gauche.
If I spent much time on Facebook, I might run an experiment of good theology. I would write, “I do not believe in the power of prayer!” This would anger a lot of people. Some would call me the L Word (Liberal). Others would call me the H Word (Heretic). Some would smile and say, “I see what you did there.”
Do you see it?
Since I do not plan to write any such thing on Facebook or Twitter, and since I will not perform a sad dance routine on Tik Tok with this message, let me explain what I mean in my remaining words in this space.
Prayer is not powerful. God is powerful. He answers prayer in powerful ways. However, prayer by itself is not powerful. For example, a well-known modern mystic appeared on the most-watched daytime television show around twenty years ago and talked about the power of prayer.
The host of the show asked good questions about what her guest believed and practiced. The host even seemed to agree with her guest. The guest basically believes that God is in all of us. In fact, she pretty much believes she is god. (I will not offer her a capital letter.)
Before the commercial break at the end of the guest’s appearance, the host asked her to pray. She prayed. She prayed for several minutes. She said lots of pretty words, almost poetic in nature. She concluded with a soft and simple Amen. Thankfully, she did not say, “In Jesus’ name.”
I couldn’t help but wonder, who was she talking to? Since she believes she is god, was she not talking to herself? Since our Father in heaven expects relationship, was she not simply speaking pretty words into the air? I could go on. However, let’s change the subject.
Listen to The Message paraphrase of this verse:
Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with.
Prayer practiced wisely and well is powerful. The power is not in bowing your head and speaking words. The power is in the relationship between you and your Father in heaven. The power is in living a life aligned with God’s truth and attuned to God’s heart. Right living produces right praying which is powerful and effective.
Ordinary people like you and me are capable of powerful prayers because we depend on God alone for answers according to his will and ways, and because we seek to honor God and serve others with what we pray.
I believe in the power of prayer of righteous people who know and experience God and help others do the same. That is worth posting. More importantly, it is worth practicing.
I will honor God and serve others through prayer.
Our Father, please forgive us for mistaking tools for truth. Prayer power is about knowing and experiencing you, not about prayerful posture, pretty words, and repetitious recitation. Teach us to pray so attuned to your heart that we know what is needed in the moment and what you desire in the situation. Teach us to pray so aligned with your truth and grace that we do not seek to impress or please anyone for any reason. Empower us to live the kinds of lives you can bless and to pray the kinds of prayers to which you say Yes. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.