I have found myself having a growing desire to pray over the last few years. In fact, one time I spent three and a half hours praying over scripture one day and have since had a couple of times praying for an hour or so over scripture. Those times in prayer were fantastic. God’s presence was truly around me in those times.
I was reading this morning about how prayer is linked with faith. Charles Spurgeon says that “faith is the medium of communication that links heaven and earth. And if that link is broken or disconnected, how can we receive His promise?”
James tells us that “the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. ”
I like what the Matthew Henry commentary says about this.
“And when a righteous person, a true believer, justified in Christ, and by his grace walking before God in holy obedience, presents an effectual fervent prayer, wrought in his heart by the power of the Holy Spirit, raising holy affections and believing expectations and so leading earnestly to plead the promises of God at his mercy-seat, it avails much.”
And what the Gills Exposition of the Entire Bible says about this.
“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Not any man’s prayer; not the prayer of a profane sinner, for God heareth not sinners; nor of hypocrites and formal professors: but of the righteous man, who is justified by the righteousness of Christ, and has the truth of grace in him, and lives soberly and righteously; for a righteous man often designs a good man, a gracious man, one that is sincere and upright, as Job, Joseph of Arimathea, and others.”
Man, to be able to have the prayers of Job or Joseph of Arimathea, or other great ones from the Bible, how awesome would that be! Anyone can pray, but to have prayers that are fervent and energetic is something else. How different would our country or world or even city or neighborhood be if we as Christians truly humbled ourselves and prayed and sought God’s face, if we do that He promises to heal our land.
When Jesus died on the cross, the curtain in the temple tore in two from top to bottom giving us a direct line of access to God Himself, a great gift and mighty weapon in the battles we face.
I pray that this encourages you to spend time daily in God’s presence reading scripture and praying. It’s the first thing I do every day and I love it.