"Prayer: Our Tool to Change Things"
fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth
much." James 5:16b
What is effectual prayer? It is prayer that is
effective, it causes an effect. It works! It
does something to change your circumstances.
When we pray we don't change God, He is
unchangeable. (Mai. 3:6} You pray to change
circumstances. You can change things through
prayer! There are four types of prayer that
change things: The Prayer of Agreement (Matt.
18:19, 20), The Prayer of Binding and Loosing
(Matt. 18:18), The Prayer of Petition and
Supplication (Phil. 4:6, 1 Tim. 2:1), and The
Prayer of Intercession (1 Tim. 2:1, Rom. 8:26,
Col. 2:1). These types of prayer are like
tools... if they are used properly they will get
the job done.
You would never try to use a
hammer to drill a hole! The proper tool for the
job would be a drill. In the same way, you
should never use one type of prayer to do the
job of some other type of prayer. The Prayer of Agreement might be appropriate for one
thing, the Prayer of Intercession for another. There are different
types of prayer. Ephesians 6:18 says that we should pray always with
all prayer (the Greek says, "...all different kinds of prayer.") God
has given us the proper tools to do the job!
Jesus taught His staff to pray, "... (God's) will be done in earth,
as it is in Heaven..." (Matt. 6:10) In other words, pray that things
here on earth be done in the same way that they are done in Heaven.
Is there any sickness in Heaven? Any pain? Any lack? NO! Well then,
from what Jesus said to pray, it is not God's will that those things
torment us here in earth either. If it is not His will for these
things to exist, then why don't they just disappear? Well, it is
God's will that all men be saved and come to a knowledge of the
truth too (1 Tim. 2:4), but that is not happening automatically. It
requires something on the part of the individual receiving it. So it
is with these other things. You must learn to use the proper type of
prayer to change things here on earth to have them line up with the
Word of God.
Romans 10:8-9 says, "What saith it? The Word is nigh thee, even in
thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the Word of Faith, which we
preach; that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,
and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the
dead, thou shalt be saved." The word translated "saved" here is the
Greek word "sozo," meaning "saved, delivered, healed,
protected, made whole spirit, soul and body, and delivered from
temporal evil." That means that if you have confessed Jesus as Lord,
and believed that God raised Him from the dead, then you are the
healed, you are the delivered, you are the protected! If this is
so, and the Bible says that it is, then why are Christians sick,
weak and in bondage? James 4:2b-3 says, "...ye have not because ye
ask not. Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may
consume it upon your lusts." Many Christians are asking amiss, or in
the wrong way, with the wrong type of prayer, or with wrong motives!
God said that His people are perishing and being destroyed for a
lack of knowledge. (Hosea 4:6) It is time that we began to study to
show ourselves approved, that we won't be ashamed and come up short
in our Christian walk! (2 Tim. 2:15)
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