We all know that prayer changes things, right? Wrong. Prayer doesn’t change a thing. God changes things. He begins by changing the one who prays and then uses prayer as the instrument to facilitate or institute change.
The Bible teaches us that the effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous person has much effect:
James 5:16 … the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
We know that this is true but are not sure that we qualify. After all, who is righteous? This question must be answered before we can bring our requests to God with any kind of assurance. It is important that we are able to confidently answer without hesitation or reservation.
Now, ask yourself: Am I as righteous as Jesus? What was your answer? Yes, or No? If you answered, Yes, you were right. If you are a born again, child of God, you are as righteous as you will ever get:
Romans 3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
2 Cor. 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Not one of us will ever be loved more by God than we are right now. This means we can do exactly what the Bible teaches at any given moment:
Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Ephes. 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
You are righteous by faith; therefore you qualify to pray prayers that are effective. You obtained faith –
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Romans 12:3 … God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
– You did not attain faith. Faith is not what you do, it is what God gives, and develops in you. Faith is not attained – Faith is obtained.
All flesh stinks to God. Good works or bad works; they all stink.
Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; … Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, …
It is not what we have done. It is Whose we are.
To realize our full potential in prayer we should first pray: Father. Help me to be as holy in my eyes as I am in Yours. Beloved, we need to get rid of the guilt, shame and insecurity that came with our old nature and still clings to us. We need to put it off!
Ephes. 4:22; Col. 3:8-9 …put off … the old man,… put off the old man with his deeds;
Let us now pray boldly, passionately and effectively.
Hebrews 10:19, 22 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, … Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,…
If we can pray (and we can) – We must!