3 Principles of Powerful Prayer – James 5

Prayer has power.

In good times and bad times James instructs us to pray.

“Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven.” James 5:13-15

1. Prayer should be our first response, not the last resort. Tweet This

God wants us to come to him first with everything! To often we wait till our situation gets really bad and then throw up a “hail mary” to God.

  • Are you going through a hard time? Pray!
  • Is your life going great? Thank God!
  • Do you have a big need? Get leaders and other people to pray for you.
  • Pray about everything. Nothing is off limits.

2. Confessing sin to one another brings added potency to prayer.

“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” James 5:16

Sharing struggles with others is a necessary part of following Jesus. The prayers of a brother or sister in Christ who is striving to live right before God has great power. If you know someone like that, get them to pray for you.

3. Earnest prayers of ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary things! Tweet This

“Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years! Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops.” James 5:18-18

Elijah was a prophet chosen by God, but James emphasizes that he was just as human as we are! The same power that was available to him to stop the rain for 3 1/2 years  is available to us! Ordinary Christians can see God do amazing things through prayer.

Post in the comments section your answer to this question… Why don’t most Christians experience this type of power in their prayer lives?

Share on Facebook or Twitter. Get daily updates by subscribing by email. From my reading in  James 5 in the One Year Bible New Testament.

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About David Worcester

I am the founder and director of a campus ministry at San Diego State called Challenge. I am also serving as an ordained elder at Mission Trails Church. I love speaking and writing about college ministry, gospel appointments, and practical ways to live out God’s Word! I am also passionate about: leadership training, learning, missions, church planting, surfing, hiking, sports, photography and traveling (So far I’ve visited 23 countries & all 50 states). I’m married to Jessica Worcester who I fell in love with while doing college ministry together and we have a two year old son named Samuel. I graduated from from the University of Oklahoma (OU) with a degree in Film & Video Studies. And I received my Masters in Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary. I am an ordained minister who loves speaking and writing about practical ways to live out God’s Word in life and ministry.

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