“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16b)
What is effectual prayer? It is prayer that is effective. It works! It does something that changes your circumstances. When you pray you 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 don’t use a saw to drill a hole. You use a drill. That is the proper tool. In the same way, you wouldn’t use the prayer of Agreement in a situation in which the prayer of Intercession is appropriate. There are different kinds of prayer. Eph. 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 be done on earth in the same way that they are done in Heaven. Is there sickness in Heaven? Any pain? Any lack? NO!
Well then, we can see from what Jesus said that it is not God’s will that pain, sickness, and lack exist in our lives here on earth. He has given us these prayer tools to allow us to change circumstances to line up with His will. God’s will is His Word! If it is in His Word, it is His will. He desires that we prosper and be in health (III John 2). Therefore, we can pray and change things to get them to line up with what God’s will is. But if it’s God’s will, won’t it come to pass automatically? NO! Isn’t it God’s will that all accept the free gift of salvation? Yes! (II Peter 3:9) But it’s not happening automatically is it? WE must do something. We must pray in order to cause things to get in line with God’s plainly stated will, His Word!
Items of Interest in This Issue
Invitation to the Word of Faith Seminar (See poster at right)… List of September Spirit of Faith Broadcast Radio Topics