The Prayer of the Righteous

Have you ever been in an impossible situation? Have you wondered how you would ever get things back to the way they were? Have you thought, “there’s no way out of this”? Do you not know that God can handle any situation?

We sometimes face really tough situations, not the least of which is the current pandemic. We wonder when the tough time will ever end. We start thinking we’ll never get back to any semblance of normalcy again. Sometimes, we are ready to throw in the towel.

When we face these types of situations, we need to pray. I don’t mean a simple one-minute prayer. Though, even spending just one-minute with God is better than spending none. No, we really need to spend significant time with God in prayer. Remember, Jesus, on multiple occasions, spent several hours in prayer. He spent an entire night in prayer. He spent enough time in prayer that His disciples fell asleep. He spent enough time in prayer His disciples had rowed their boat half-way across the lake. We need to spend time in prayer.

We also need to trust God. We have been told to put our faith in God. Our faith is the combination of belief and trust in God. It is when we fully believe He has a plan and we fully trust Him to complete His plan. We need to be building that trust in God before the bad situation presents itself to us. We need to build our faith by working hand-in-hand with God every day.

We are told in James 5:16 that “the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” We may think we are not righteous, but we would be wrong. We are righteous because we are seen through the person of Jesus. He has wiped away our sins, therefore making us righteous. What we are lacking in our prayer is our faith in Him. When we come to the realization that we are righteous, we can fully trust Him, and we build our faith by walking with Him, our prayers are powerful and effective.

I pray we all spend some quality time with God in prayer. I pray we walk with God each day, building our faith in Him. I pray each one of us will recognize we are righteous when seen through the vail of Jesus Christ. Spend time with God today. Walk with God today. Work with God today. Pray to God today. Pour your heart out to Him today. Ask Him to fill you with His Spirit today. You can trust God.

Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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