…The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working] (James 5:16 AMP).
Power is the dynamic ability to cause changes. This means we can actually effect changes in our lives, in the lives of our loved ones, tame natural forces, and influence circumstances in our favour. There’s a kind of prayer that never fails to produce this kind of result. That’s what we read in our opening verse. This isn’t the kind of prayer that lasts two minutes and you go away, no; it’s earnest, heartfelt, and continued! You press with your spirit in prayer! This kind of prayer makes tremendous power available.
This explains the reason many are praying, but things aren’t happening; the power isn’t made available. Make power available for that change that you so desire; that change that you want in your family, in your finances, and in your job! There’s got to be power for the change, and the Word already shows us how; it’s through prevailing prayer—earnest, heartfelt, continued prayer; it produces results. You may have wanted certain things to change, and you didn’t quite see the results you wanted; you can make something happen by making power available for the change.
Now, having made the power available, having prevailed in prayer, the next thing you do is to give the Word! As you give the Word, under that divine unction, whatever you say will surely come to pass because it’ll be by the power of the Spirit. However, until the power is made available, you may give the Word, and there’ll be no change.
It’s not everything that changes at your confession; some require power for the change! Those things that require power for change are the ones I’m referring to. You can make a difference if you’d pray this way! Every now and then, pray fervently in other tongues. As you pray in tongues from your spirit, and make power available, success and victory will be your testimony.
Dear Father, I thank you for your power and ability vested in me to effect tremendous changes, and to establish your divine will in all that concerns me, here on earth. Through earnest, heartfelt, continued prayer, coupled with your Word, situations are changed in my favour, and my victory is assured, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
F u r t h e r s t u d y: Romans 8:26; Ephesians 6:18; Ecclesiastes 8:4
Daily Scripture Reading
1 Year Reading Plan : Luke 19:1-27, 1 Samuel 14-15
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men (1 Timothy 2:1).
Interceding for others is something you do regularly, not when it’s convenient, but as a ministry. You should be effective in changing other people’s lives through prayers. If there’s someone in the church who’s not been very consistent and almost giving up the faith, perhaps due to intense trials and persecution, intercede for that one. You’ll make an impact; you’ll restore that life.
The latter part of James 5:16 says, "…The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much"; this is in the context of praying for others; he lets us know how we can be effective in changing other people’s lives. The Amplified Version says, "...The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]." When you notice some believers around you, who’re not growing well in Christ, intercede for them. If you have relatives and friends who aren’t born again, you should be interceding for them very strongly; don’t take it lightly! Remember, the Bible says there’s joy in the presence of the angels of God in heaven over one sinner that repents (Luke 15:10).
Intercessory prayer isn’t something you’re casual about; it’s heartfelt; that means your emotions are involved; you keep at it until there’s a testimony. It could take days, weeks, months, but don’t stop; keep praying, because the value of the one you’re interceding for is the life of Jesus. Each one of us is as valuable to God as Jesus is. So, when you take up a matter concerning another believer, and you’re praying, you’re not wasting time; you’re causing a change in the realm of the Spirit.
Sometimes, there could be people, who are carnal among us and may act foolishly; don’t get angry at them; intercede for them instead. Fight for their souls, because Satan is the one deceiving them; don’t let him win. Keep interceding for them fervently and passionately, praying in other tongues, until the Holy Spirit takes over the intercession with deep sighs— groanings that are too deep for words! "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit Himself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered" (Romans 8:26).
Precious Father, I pray for increased revelation, and understanding of your Word amongst your children all around the world! I declare that the Church abounds more and more in knowledge, and growing stronger by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for the work of the Holy Ghost in the churches, all around the world, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
F u r t h e r s t u d y: James 5:16; Ephesians 6:18; Acts 12:5-7
Daily Scripture Reading
1 Year Reading Plan :Luke 18:15-43, 1 Samuel 11-13
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The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows) (John 10:10 AMP).
There’re those who say Christianity isn’t a bed of roses. Usually, I wonder at which Gospel such people believe. It may not have been their experience, but Christianity is a bed of roses, and you had better believe it, because it’s true. Why do you think Jesus came? What was the reason for His suffering? It’s so we can have, and enjoy life to the full.
1 Peter 1:11 talks about the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow. Christianity is a call to the glory-life—a call into the land that flows with milk and honey; a life of enjoyment. Now, if that hasn’t been your experience, you need to make up your mind to change things; you’ve got to reverse the order. Don’t let ignorance cheat you out of God’s best. The glorious life is your heritage in Christ.
This doesn’t mean there’re no "giants" in the land; the land that flows with milk and honey has giants in it. Nevertheless, they’re not a factor, because we were born victorious. The giants are bread for us. Recall what Caleb said? He said, "Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the LORD spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: ifa so be the LORD will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the LORD said" (Joshua 14:12). That’s what we do in our fight of faith; we drive out giants by the power of the Spirit of God. It doesn’t matter how many "giants" are in your land, you can war a good warfare (1 Timothy 1:18).
Jesus said you shall have what you say (Mark 11:23). In Matthew 17:20 He said, "…If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you." So, you see, anything is possible; it’s not how huge the "mountain" is or how many "giants" are present. It’s the faith of God in your heart, and the Word of God in your mouth.
Let nothing stop your enjoyment of life in Christ! Never succumb to your circumstances. Remember, you’re seated together with Christ in the place of power; therefore, your words are not ordinary. You can laugh your way through life triumphantly, and be in control, every day.
Dear Father, you’ve enabled me for the triumphant life, and have enlightened the eyes of my spirit to recognize and apprehend my heritage in Christ! I’m living your dream, and gloriously fulfilling your destiny for me, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
F u r t h e r s t u d y: Ephesians 3:8; 1 Peter 2:9; Romans 8:35-39
Daily Scripture Reading
1 Year Reading Plan : Luke 17:20-18:14, 1 Samuel 8-10
As a child of God, your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost (1 Corinthians 6:19), which means your body isn't yours; it's owned by God. However, you're the one to keep watch over your body and keep it in health. You're the one to exercise authority over your body, keeping it free of sickness, disease and infirmity.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end (Jeremiah 29:11).
Many young people today are in crime and in all kinds of vices because they’ve given up on their dreams—the dream of youth, and of a triumphant personality. Some have laid aside their best potentials and resigned to self-defeat, instead of being inspired to birth new inventions and create a more functional world. How sad!
A young person who degenerates to crime and violence lacks understanding, and destroys his or her life. God made us in His image and His likeness. "In His image" means He made us to look like Him, while "in His likeness" means He made us to function or act like Him. If you aren’t functioning like Him, you’re malfunctioning, and that’s not God’s dream for you. He has a great future planned for you.
What kind of life do you want to live? Hold on to your dream of success! When the fears and pressures of youth besiege you, don’t give up; don’t cave in. Rather, look inside you and ask yourself, "Why am I here if God had no plans for me? If He wanted me poor, why all the wealth of this world?" God is your Father, and He says, "The silver is mine, and the gold is mine…" (Haggai 2:8). He also says, "For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills" (Psalm 50:10.) Why all these, if not for you?
Understand that there’s something more for you. Don’t stop where you are; stay inspired and keep your dreams alive. Study God’s Word: it’s your compass to help you with God’s direction for your life. Stay in fellowship with the Holy Spirit and fellow Christians who love the Lord, and keep your dreams alive
Dear Father, thank you for the hope I have in you. I can confidently dream for tomorrow because I know my tomorrow is history with you. I refuse to give fear any place in my life because I know I’m founded on the Rock of Ages, for success, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
F u r t h e r s t u d y: Ecclesiastes 12:1; Psalm 119:9; John 8:12
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The verse above admonishes that you own up when you do something wrong against your brother or sister. It’s not talking about going to them to confess all your sins, as many have erroneously assumed; rather, it means being humble enough to accept your fault.
The Amplified version puts it this way, "Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins)...." Note that when it says "your sins," it’s not referring to sins against God; it’s talking about the person you offended—he’s the one to forgive you. So, always be quick and gracious to acknowledge and accept your wrong when you err against your brother or sister in the Lord. When you live like this, there’ll be peace in your heart, and in your life, because this is God’s will.
Likewise, when you’re offended, reach out to the offender; don’t wait for him or her to come and apologize to you before you forgive. Don’t hold a grudge; it doesn’t mean you’re being naïve or unduly indulging that one who has offended you; it simply shows the excellence and nobility of your character.
God doesn’t brood over your wrong or hold it against you, so why should you brood over the wrong done to you by someone else, and let it linger? Don’t do that. Forgive quickly. If you wrong anyone, accept your fault, and if you’re wronged, be generous with forgiveness. It’ll bring beauty to your life, as it reveals the honour of your personality.
Dear Father, I thank you for the Lordship of your Word over my life. In my dealings with people today, I’m humble and tender-hearted, fully yielded to your Word. Wrath, anger, and clamour with all bitterness are not a part of me, for I’m rooted and grounded in love, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
F u r t h e r s t u d y: 1 Corinthians 6:7; Colossians 3:13; Ephesians 4:31-32