Effectual Prayer

. . . The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. — JAMES 5:16


Jesus who is righteous became your Righteousness (1 Cor. 1:30). Your standing with God is secure. Therefore, you can stand in the Presence of God as though you had never done wrong! As though you had never sinned! Without a sense of condemnation, and without a spiritual inferiority complex! No wonder Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us therefore come BOLDLY unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”


When you know these powerful spiritual truths, you won’t have to run around to get someone else to do your praying for you. You’ll know that God the Father will hear you as quickly as He hears any other believer. Why? Because you have just as good a standing with God as any other Christian has. God doesn’t love one member of His Body more than another.


People sometimes think, If I could just get So-and-so to pray, his prayer would work. He’s a real man of God. No, that Christian may have learned how to take advantage of what belongs to him a little better than you have, but he’s not any more righteous than you are. And God won’t hear him pray any quicker than He will hear you pray.


Confession: I am the righteousness of God in Christ. Because I am righteous, God hears me when I pray. And my prayers avail much.