Book of James – Day 24

James 5:16-18 (KJV)   “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.”

Who among us will pray as Elias did, having such a close walk with his Lord that his prayers were answered immediately. Each of us has met prayer warriors that seemed to have a direct line to God and their prayers were always answered.

The man who taught me to pray, not by telling me how to pray but showing me with his actions, was such a man. He prayed continuously praying for God’s will to be done and not his own.

One morning I was called into the pastor’s office to receive my daily assignments. I was told that I needed to go and visit an older gentleman. The pastor recommended I take someone older with me and suggested I should ask the man who later taught me to pray. I asked and later we became visitation partners and spent plenty of time together. This happened on a Wednesday but what I did not know was he had told his daughter the night befog that he was going to begin to pray to start visiting again.

This proves that even today “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” As Christians today each of must develop this type of prayer life. Staying in constant communication with god and praying for his will to be done and not our own.