First the foundation for all powerful prayer…
“The effectual prayer of a righteous man availeth much”
(James 5 v 16 KJV)
Or you could put it this way…
“Tremendous power is released for those who pray while living (continually) in righteousness as they call on God with passionate petition.”
(My paraphrase of James 5 v 16 KJV).
And this is the secret…
For your prayer to be effective, (actually get answered and WORK) you must be righteous.
Obviously as sinners, that could be a problem, but remember God has made us SONS & DAUGHTERS through the Blood of Jesus when we were born again.
James does not mean righteous in the sense of simply parroting select verses of scripture saying that you have been made righteous because of what Jesus did for you yet keep on sinning (maybe even secretly loving it) but because you are walking on a consistent basis IN His righteousness, so that His righteousness becomes a PART OF WHO YOU ARE.
Then you do not sin (1 John 3 v 9), and you do not WANT to sin, for you are living IN the nature of Jesus, which is 100% purity and righteousness.
Many people totally miss the “righteous” bit of the scripture from James above and focus only on the power. Then they wonder why no matter how fervent their prayers, or how much power they try to whip up, God does not answer them.
The answer is simple.
They are not righteous.
And that can be dangerous, because it makes everyone in their entire family vulnerable to attacks from Satan’s forces. Let me be reasonably blunt. If you keep walking in consistent hidden sin, and expect God to answer you in prayer… He won’t, and you will find that bad things keep happening to you and those closest to you.
Things can even get get worse instead of better when you pray, because the enemy will then go to God and accuse you before Him even more, and have legal ground to attack you even more strongly, because your hidden sins give him LEGAL PERMISSION. (Only applies if you have any hidden sins of course! )
Lay a foundation to ensure you GET ANSWERS WHEN YOU PRAY and ensure you are not exposing your loved ones to any danger sent to try and destroy you by LIVING IN THE RIGHTEOUSNESS Jesus gives you, walking it into your life by His Holy Spirit each day.
This means walking with Jesus minute by minute (every day) and allowing His Cross to bring you to the end of yourself (and getting accountable with elders, counsellors, Pastor etc so they help you too), so that His righteousness can be poured into you, and you start to walk CONSISTENTLY in Him each day.
Warning; you will be broken by the Holy Spirit in this process, but you will become free.
Then as you are trained by Him to walk in righteousness consistently, God will answer your prayers POWERFULLY. When you pray prayers like the one I share below every morning you will see God’s faithful answer to them as you close your eyes at night.
The prayer below is powerful and effective, pray it every morning combined with faith while walking in righteousness and you will be secure and feel PROTECTED by God, and your family will be safe too.
Here it is…
Please surround each member of my family and myself today (you can name each member here) by the mighty angels of God to guard and protect us wherever we go. Cover each one of us under the precious Blood of Jesus Christ (can name your family here etc).
Please keep us safe and protect us oh God from all…
- Attacks of evil and wicked people
- From all sexual predators and paedophiles
- From all abusers, kidnappers and robbers
- From all accidents and injuries
- From all witchcraft and sorcery
- From all murder and violence
In the mighty Name of Jesus Christ.
Thank you dear Father that your word is true and I declare it over my wife and children and myself right now…
“The LORD shall preserve OUR going out and coming in TODAY and from this time forth, and even forevermore.” (Adapted from Psalm 121 v 8 )
“As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the LORD surrounds US TODAY, protecting, guarding and keeping us safe from this time forth and forever.” (Adapted from Psalm 125 v 2)
Thank you Father that you WILL keep every member of my family safe today and bring us all safely home tonight. I BELIEVE you will do all this in the Name of Jesus Christ.