We live in a very chaotic world. It seems that there is trouble and devastation on every hand. As a result, many have become stressed and fearful. Some have even concluded that God doesn’t care, or that He’s a destroyer, or just does whatever mean thing He pleases. That’s far from the truth. Our prayers and our submission to His will and plans make a difference.
According to James 5:15-16, our prayers save the sick and open the door for sins to be forgiven. Our prayers avail much. When prayer is fervent and unceasing, it changes things.
15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
16 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.
The book of James further relates an example of the power of prayer in chapter five, verses 17 and 18:
17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.
18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
Elias prayers were effectual and fervent. They produced the desired result.
We, to, are commanded to pray and not to faint [nor become fearful or faithless] in the midst of troubling situations In 2 Chronicles 7:14, we read, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” At this, point, Solomon had built God a temple. God continues to speak in verse 15, “Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.” This verse tells us that God listens to our prayers. He never leaves us notice, 2 Chronicles(KJV) 16, “For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.”
This holy place was a temple built for God’s habitation. It was sanctified unto the Lord. Well, now, through Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior, we are also a temple of God, “…ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God…” John 15:7 states, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” He hears our prayer.
It is His love and His care, His hearing and answering our prayers, that keeps us triumphant by faith in the Lord Jesus. We don’t have to be fearful of the destruction and chaos around us. No, no! Just go to the Word. Listen with the heart. Pray with the Spirit and connect with His love. The Word teaches
1 John 4(KJV)
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
(We are His habitation. We are His temple. He dwells in us and hears our prayers.)
16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
19 We love him, because he first loved us.
In this passage of scripture, we see how much God loves us and He will hear and answer our effectual fervent prayers because faith works by love (Galatians 5:6b)
When we go to Him by faith in His holy Word, we can count on getting results from our prayers. The Word says, “Charity [love] never faileth:…” Since God is love, He never fails to hear our cry. Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and Show thee gear and mighty things, which thou knowest not (Jeremiah 33:3.)
Knowing that God answers prayers, when we trust him, gives us comfort and confidence, as well as peace. We don’t have to be fearful of the chaos of this world. We can gain that confident peace and have comfort according to Psalm 91 and Proverbs 3:5-6.
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Look to Jesus, to the Word (John 1:1) when trouble comes your way. Whatever it is in your personal life or in your surroundings, you can always—always trust God to hear and answer your prayers.
In addition to trusting him, ask Him for wisdom to live out his perfect peaceful plan for your life. Again, pray without ceasing and expect answers to your prayers,
17 Pray without ceasing.
31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Never give up on your prayers; when you trust, you will receive answers.
Finally, I pray for you with the words of Paul in Ephesians 1:17-23(KJV),
17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
23 Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.
Indeed, when we pray without ceasing and with fervency, our prayers avail much.