BOOK OF JAMES:
The Prayer of Faith
by Debonnie Barnes
God instructs us to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:16), but all too often we wait until something goes wrong to reach out to God. Our motivation to pray comes from devastation and desperation. All prayers are good prayers. The Bible even says, “Are any of you in trouble? Then let them pray” - James 5:13. However, prayers from a place of devastation and desperation will not be the most effective. The most effective form of prayer is motivated by dedication; by having a foundation of faith, before you need to have any.
If you want to grow your prayer life, set a specific Time to pray, have a specific Place dedicated to prayer, and have a Plan when you pray. This is how Jesus instructs us to pray:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
There is a model for prayer called ACTS:
A: adoration - praise God for who he is not what he does
C: confession - realigning yourself with the purposes of God
T: thanksgiving - thanking God for what he has done
S: supplication - praying for your needs and dreams
Praise your way through the storm. A song can take you back to the joy of a situation. That’s why worship is so powerful.
Many of us have spiritual Alzheimer’s. We start to forget who we are and who God is but when we begin to worship it all comes back!
Worship is a take home theology. It’s practice.
You’re not alone in the journey. People are willing to go through the trails with you, but you have to be vulnerable and let them know you are facing a trail. The devil hates when we partner with each other because he knows that if we confess our sins to each other you will be healed.
“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
Because you are a child of God, you are now righteous. Not because of what you’ve done, but because of what Jesus did on the cross. That means your prayers are powerful!! Use the power the Lord has given you!
“Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up.
If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.”