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The Power of Prayer


James 5:15-16
Study 18

“THE EFFECTUAL FERVENT PRAYER OF A RIGHTEOUS MAN AVAILETH MUCH”

Apostle James through his mutual understanding on the subject of prayer wants to reveal the power and double effect of prayer. He says “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (v16)”.

Prayer had been the life of religion since God redeemed man, and through prayers, great men and women had shaked the Kingdoms of this world. Breaked the powers of devils kingdom and obtained the promise. Exodus v12 Moses prayed until he had power to turn aside heaven’s thunderbolt of wrath of God, although God had said, let me alone that I may destroy them, and blot out their name from under heaven Exodus 32:7-14, 30-35. Exodus 33:12-13 After long powerful prayer of Elijah shut and opened heaven etc.

1. THE EFFECTUAL FERVENT PRAYER OF A RIGTEOUS MAN AVAILETH MUCH
James 5:16: James started his letter with prayer, James 1:5-8 and end it with counsel of fervent prayer
v 5:15-18. Tradition says that in 62AD. He spent so much time in prayer on his knees in the temple, praying the people, that his knees grew hard and won, like a camels. His holiness of life and his prayer life gained for him the respect of many of his people.

2. “THE FERVENT PRAYER:” James 5:16 N.A.S says, The effective prayer of a righteous man can Accomplish Much: T.L.B says, The EARNEST PRAYER of a righteous man has GREAT POWER and WONDERFUL RESULTS. T.A.B says THE EARNEST (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man MAKES TREMENDOUS POWER AVAILABLE – “dynamic in its working”. The fervent prayer of a holy a Christian is powerful; it must be earnest, strong pleading that can tear the heavens. Hebrews 5:7 Proverbs 15:8 Psalm 34:15.

The prayer that make much impact and with wonderful results is fervent prayer.
EXAMPLE: JACOB Genesis 31:24-30, HANNAH 1 Samuel 1:9-18, 19-20. JABEZ 1 Chronicles 4:9-10, JESUS CHRIST Hebrews 5:7, James 5:16 and ELIJAH James 5:17-18 etc.

3. ELIJAH – A MAN SUBJECT TO LIKE PASSION AS WE ARE: James 5:17-18 I Kings 17:1
1 Kings 18:1-2; 41-45. The prayer of Elijah shut the heavens that it might rain three and half years he prayed again and there was abundant of rain. James used Elijah’s prayer to teach us that, we have the same equal power and authority. But the church has neglected this.

4. ELIJAH PRAYED EARNESTLY: James 3:17 1 Kings 18:42-44 If we want to get result from God we must pray earnestly. Seasonly, persistently and beseechingly.

5. THE POWER OF PRAYER: Increased by self denial Mt. 17:21 dependent upon faith Mt 21:22.
John 14: 13. Unlimited to those who abide in Christ John 15:7. To be most efffective, should be accompanied by praise Acts 16:25-26. Manifest in the life of Elijah James 5:18

The power of prayer changes the cause of nature, remove the mountains, destroys devils kingdom, turns the wrath of God, changes the decree of hell and obtains all promises.