“The earnest prayer of a righteous person
has great power and wonderful results.”

James 5:16, NIV

Can prayer really make a difference? Can my prayers actually change things? Is it possible for the will of God to be thwarted because I do not pray? These are legitimate questions. The answers you give them reflect the very foundation of your relationship with the Lord. On one hand, if God is Sovereign, He is going to do everything the way He wants, so why pray? On the other hand, if He is waiting on my prayers to execute His will, then I had better get serious about praying very quickly. How does His Sovereignty and my prayers go together?

God uses prayer to make the impossible, possible and the ordinary, extraordinary. Prayers make our efforts effective and help us to define God’s will more clearly. C.H. Spurgeon said, “Whenever God determines to do a great work, He first sets His people to pray.” Faithful praying releases the Holy Spirit to act and allows us to see God in His full glory.

God does things when we pray that He does not do when we do not pray. May today’s devotional be an inspiration for you to seek the Lord in prayer. Look up prayer in your Bible’s concordance. Then read and study those verses it gives you. It will help you become endeared to prayer and to realize just how vital prayer is.

QUESTION: Do you pray about all areas of your life? What things do you think are “too small” to pray about? Make a point to add those things to your prayers today.