“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16
Are you seeking God’s face, asking Him for something out of the ordinary? A miracle perhaps; something other than daily prayers? If you KNOW Him…have confidence that He will answer!
You may be struggling with health issues. Perhaps, you are searching for a job. Others may be praying for the salvation of family and friends, or the return of the prodigal child. Don’t give up hope. The word in the verse above is fervent. It means: having or displaying a passionate intensity. When we are passionate about something, we do not give up easily.
You may think that you are anything but righteous, and in ourselves we are not. Only through the cleansing of sin by Jesus Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit can we be righteous. We have no ability to achieve righteousness in and of ourselves. But we can possess the righteousness of Christ, because “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (II Cor. 5:21). This is an amazing truth. When Jesus died on the cross, He exchanged our sin for His perfect righteousness so that we can one day stand before God and He will see not our sin, but the holy righteousness of the Lord Jesus. This is why we can go boldly before the throne of grace and bring our petitions to God, and have confidence that he will hear and answer.
So be confident when you ask God for something in prayer. Be sure…He IS listening and He will answer in His time!
“Go to the depth of God’s promise, ask freely of Him, and receive. All good may be had for the asking, if seeking, you truly believe!” -Unknown