In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley


August 23, 2007 – Praying Effectively 2 Corinthians 12:7-9

            In a crisis, people sometimes bargain with God. They somehow believe He can be manipulated into acting on their behalf. But Christians don’t have to bargain or beg. We simply need to pray effectively. This means calling on God with the confidence that only He can fix our problem.

            In adversity, prayer must have purpose to be effective. Daily conversations with the Lord frequently cover lots of people and topics. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Regular communication builds a healthy relationship with God. But when James speaks about the righteous person’s effective prayer reaping results, he’s referring to an appeal focused on a single situation and its resolution. The King James Version uses the word “fervent” to describe such requests. These are prayers driven by urgency and a strong desire for resolution. We’re to go before the Lord continually, asking for help, strength, and a way through the difficulty.

            God wants to wield His supernatural power in our lives. But believers can allow pride and self-reliance to get in the way. As long as we think we can handle a tough situation alone, we won’t be praying as James describes. An effective prayer recognizes our weakness and His strength. It’s when we feel most desperate and helpless that the Holy Spirit can release the greatest measure of power.

            Effective prayer is honest and real. There’s no need to bargain with the Lord. He’s pleased to intervene on our behalf when we trust in Him alone to care for us.

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