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8th December 2023

The Power of Prayer

Prayer avails much & is effective when it is heartfelt, faith-fuelled, fervent, passionate & persevering.
James outlines how prayer is appropriate & necessary in all aspects & circumstances of life.
When our prayers are Spirit led & guided by Scripture it is akin to them being supernaturally energized (catalysed).
We have seen how in times of suffering, success, sickness or sinfulness we are to turn to prayer.
Through those prayers we enter into intimate communion & communication with God.
Today I want to conclude with a few more thoughts based around 2 additional S’s.

The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16b NKJV

Prayer has numerous elements & aspects to it which are all linked to faith. There are therefore many ways to pray.
We have seen that we are to offer prayer through words, praises, thanks & confession in our reflections on this passage.
Prayer also comprises of supplication (making requests) & sighing (heartfelt longings/desires) from deep within.
These are the 2 additional S’s of prayer I want to think around a little more.
When combined with the Spirit’s inspirational leading & Scriptures solid instruction they are a powerful combination.

Prayer is a dialogue with the Lord. It is about both speaking & listening.
Supplications are when we bring our requests to the Lord. We often do this hurriedly & in list form.
Ideally, we need to be practicing active listening in the midst of our supplications.
Ready to hear, & then respond, to what the Lord is saying about our requests of Him.
This can mean patient waiting & perseverance. This can be challenging for even the most patient saint!!
Elijah in the example we have looked at in our chosen passage waited & persisted in prayer for over 3 years.
Think of the examples of Abraham (25 years for Isaac) & Daniel (3 weeks for revelation Daniel 10). There are many more.
In an age of the instantaneous we need to be people who can practice ACTIVE waiting & listening.
This is essential for an effective prayer life. SELAH

The role of Spirit led sighing & groaning (Romans 8:26-27) is also an important element of prayer.
This can often be in times of supplication when we don’t know what or quite how to pray or during strong expressions of lament.
Waiting on the Holy Spirit before we launch into prayer, & continuing to wait in the midst of prayer, is always a good discipline.
The Spirit leads us to pray in line with the will of God, therefore, Learning to experience & express those groans of the Spirit is important.
Some of the most effective prayers are the deepest groans!!! SELAH
The Spirit, Scripture, supplication & sighing are all powerful & important tools in our continuing prayers.
As always with prayer JUST DO IT – anytime & anywhere. Hallelujah!!

For Reflection

  • How good am I at actively listening when I am praying?
  • How often do I experience the groans of the Spirit in my prayer & intercession?
  • Meditate upon the place of supplication & power of sighing in our prayers.

A song related to this theme:


Heavenly Father,
Thank you that You are the Lord whose ear is ever inclined to Your beloved children,
And that You delight to hear, heed & answer my every prayer.
Jesus, thank you that You ceaselessly hold me in Your prayers,
That You are my eternal advocate & intercessor in the Father’s presence.
Holy Spirit thank you that You assist me in my prayers,
Help me to discern & follow Your leading more & more,
So that I can pray each day with divine inspiration & revelation.
This I ask in the mighty Name of Jesus.

Written by Gareth Jones

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