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. James 5:16 (KJV)
What Constitutes An Effectual Prayer ?
The missionary, Adoniram Judson (1788-1850), when he was dying, heard from the lips of his wife, as she read from the newspaper, that some Jews in Turkey had been converted through the published account of his sufferings for the Gospel in Burma. Mrs. Judson relates that an unearthly solemnity came over the dying missionary's face.
"Love," he said, which was his way of addressing her, "this awes me; this alarms me."
"Why should this trouble you? " said she, "this is good news."
He replied, "When I was a young man, I prayed for the Jews and tried to go to Jerusalem as a missionary, because I read the words of the Lord about 'beginning at Jerusalem.' But God sent me here to preach in Burma and to suffer tortures in Burmese prisons. Now, by this means, God has brought Jews to repentance in Turkey."
Then the very effulgence of eternity resting upon him, Judson by the Holy Ghost said, "What awes me is this, that I never prayed earnestly for anything but it came soon or late, perhaps in the last way I could have imagined, but it came. God answers every earnest prayer."
Do we understand how God is going to work through our prayers? Do we understand that He will? We only need to trust in God, obey and pray!
"If ye abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you...If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love; even as I have kept My Father's commandments, and abide in His love" (John 15:7,10).
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