Making Tremendous Power Available
16. “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.
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 5:16-18 NKJV
What power! Not because Elijah was special–he wasn’t. But because he was righteous in the sight of God and because he knew God would hear his prayers
May your prayers be more powerful than Elijah’s! May your prayers have the power to cause heaven to rain down blessings of all descriptions upon individuals, families, communities and nations!
The Amplified Version reads:
“The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].”
James 5:16 AMPC
Tremendous power, dynamic in its working. That is power capable of blessing people, changing circumstances, solving problems, defeating devils, and establishing destinies.
In junior high school, I learned the difference between potential energy and kinetic energy. Potential energy is the stored energy of an object at rest. Kinetic energy is the energy of an object in motion. By the application of some type of force to the object at rest, potential energy can be transformed to kinetic energy, generating a huge amount of power that can get amazing results.
Jesus promised that you will receive power after the Holy Spirit comes into you. This means the power of the One who created the world out of nothing is inside of you. And this means all the power you need for success in life is within you. All the power you need to triumph is inside of you.
Power that can change any circumstance, solve any problem, defeat any devil resides in you!.
It’s there but may be dormant, inactive, unused. It is potential power waiting to be put into motion; to become dynamic power, power that is working, moving to change people, circumstances and things.
Now, what can you do to put all of this potential, divine power resting in you into motion, so that it can strengthen you to endure any challenge, change any circumstance, solve any problem, and cause any devil or witch to flee? You can pray.
James assures us and Elijah’s example proves it. Prayer, the heartfelt prayer of the righteous, makes tremendous power available. Your prayers can set the power of the Holy Spirit into motion.
But notice, it not everybody who prays who gets this result. It is not everybody’s prayer that generates power to make things happen. James qualified his statement by saying, it is the prayer of the righteous man that accomplishes this.
It is the prayer of the man who is right in God’s sight, right in the sight of the law, and who knows he is righteous in God’s sight and is standing on righteous ground as he prays that can move heaven and earth and hell.
And this is where the blood of Jesus comes in, why the blood is so essential to prayer.
The only thing that can make a man righteous is the blood of Jesus. Not the law—for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. But the blood of Jesus!
Rom. 5:9. “Much more than, having been justified by the blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.”
So it is the blood that makes a man righteous before God. Therefore, it is the blood that makes your prayers possible and powerful!
Without the blood, your prayers won’t produce enough power to even blow your nose. You will holler and shout all day, just like the false prophets of Baal. Yet, nothing will happen.
But when you are standing on the blood of Jesus, you are righteous in God’s sight. And when the righteous man prays, his prayers get answered. And when they do, they generate power, tremendous power, power so great, no devil or circumstance can stand up to it
Child of God, the blood makes you righteous. The blood makes your prayer possible and powerful. Pray, therefore, knowing that the effectual, fervent prayers of the righteous avail much!