Life brings different experiences, some painful, some joyful. And being a Christian does not automatically exempt you from afflictions. But the good news is, God has provided the power we need to overcome, no matter the situation.
Listen to James:
“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5:13-16 NKJV)
The Amplified Bible Classic Edition puts verse 16b, this way:
“The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].” (James 5:16 AMPC)
God’s grace supplies us with tremendous power that can both sustain us in trouble and deliver us from trouble. This power is unmerited and undeserved. And it’s always present and available to His children. Always!
But it will remain dormant, inactive, or exist only as “potential power” until it is activated. This is what the believer’s prayer does. When a righteous man (someone who by faith has received the gift of righteousness) prays, his prayers trigger the release of God’s power to cause amazing things to happen in the life of the believer and those he prays for.
James cites Elijah as an example of the kind of power that is released when an ordinary, but righteous person, dares to stand on God’s promises and to pray on the basis of God’s Word.
“Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.” (James 5:17-18 NKJV)
The point being made is if Elijah’s prayers could generate this kind of power, then yours can too! And no matter your current circumstances, there is far more power available and accessible to you by prayer than you would ever need to meet your needs.
Child of God, what grace potentializes, prayer actualizes. Therefore, do no lose heart. Pray!