Daily Devotional – 10/12/11 “The prayers of the righteous..!”

I know what prayer can do! I know exactly what prayer can do!  Isn’t it amazing how God works? James 5:16 states, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” 

  • Effectual means producing or able to produce a desired effect and fervent means exhibiting or marked by great intensity of feeling.

Oh, when we asked for prayers for the healing of grandma’s body, the effectual fervent prayers were sent up.  Prayers were sent from the lips of Christians praying everywhere.  Fervent prayers that reached God’s ears! Fervent prayers are still going up.  Yes, you prayed and God showed up and showed out.  You prayed and God worked that thang out! You prayed, and God…! Psalm 34:15, states “The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.”

When the righteous prays, God listens.  Don’t you know that prayer can get you out of a bad situation? Prayer can get you home when the gas light is on and the hand is on empty.  Prayer can keep the lights on when the bill hasn’t been paid.  Prayer can remove cancer even before the doctor goes in with his knife.  Prayer can give you understanding in the midst of a storm.  Prayer can be your light when standing on a dark road.  Prayer can be your protector when the world is against you.  Prayers can ___________________! Can you fill in the blank?  Don’t you have a testimony on how God has seen you through?  When folk were on number 9 getting ready to count you out the fight, didn’t he pick you up?  When folk stood over you laughing when you were down, didn’t he raise you up?  When folk stabbed you in the back while smiling in your face, didn’t he remove the knife while stitching up the hole?  When folk walked away and said you wouldn’t be anything, didn’t he prove them wrong?  When the doctor said you only have a few weeks to live, didn’t God show up & give speak life?  When your enemies tried to pull you down, didn’t God step in and make them your foot stool to overcome them?  When the devil placed obstacles in your way, didn’t God give you strength to endure while going through and power to move them in time? Didn’t God do just what he said he would?  He said in his word, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7) Isn’t that enough?

But you must first pray with the right mind, heart & soul.  You ask God to harm the spouse of the person you’re seeing because you want them for yourself or you ask God to remove the person in a certain job because you want it for yourself.  Chile, stop! God will not hear or attend to such foolishness.  James 4:3 states, “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”  God doesn’t work that way.  When you ask in faith with the right mind and motives, God will hear your cry.  For Matthew 21:22, states “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”  Ask for and believe that the job is yours! Ask for and believe that your body will be healed! Ask for and believe that momma/daddy will be healed! Ask for and believe that whatever circumstance or situation you are dealing with won’t last long. 

The prayers of the righteous will avail.  You don’t have to wait for Pastor, Evangelist, Missionary, Bishop, Elder and Reverend So & So to pray for you; pray for yourself!  Just like God doesn’t have to use folk to tell you something, you don’t have to use folk to ask him for something.  Psalm 34:4 states, “I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.”  It says I, not him, her, they, we, them or us but I sought the Lord.  It’s good to pray for others but it is also good to pray for you.  Sometimes the person who is asking for harm in your life is the one that you’re asking to pray for you.  How do you know that they can get a prayer through? God probably hasn’t heard their voice in forever, speaking to him, but that’s who you constantly run to for prayer.  You keep wondering why your head won’t stop hurting, it’s because the person you’ve asked to pray for you is wishing sickness on your body.  Just because they go to church every Sunday means nothing, the devil goes too.  Look at the life they live outside of church.  Is it pleasing to God? If the answer is no, then you probably should be praying for them.  Stop waiting until Sunday morning at altar call to talk to God.  God is omnipresent which means he is present everywhere at the same time.  God is willing and able, but you have to ask!

“Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. Psalm 71:20”

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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