The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. – James 5:16.
You should pray is that prayer changes things.
In the book of James, you learn that the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
Who is righteous? If you have accepted Christ, you have been made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (II Corinthians 5:21.
You are not righteous, in right standing with God, because of you but because of what Jesus did at the Cross. No matter what you do, you cannot lose your salvation or your right standing with God because if you didn’t do anything to earn those things, you cannot do anything to lose them.
You are righteous through Christ, so this verse is talking about you.
What is an effectual, fervent prayer then? Effectual, fervent are the Greek transliterated energeo. This means to be operative, be at work, put for power
In other words, you have to put your faith into action, believing that God has already done everything for you at the Cross.
You don’t need to ask God for what Jesus already died to give you.
What did Jesus die to give you?
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. – I Peter 2:24
According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: – II Peter 1:3
For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. – II Corinthians 8:9
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: – Ephesians 1:3
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. – John 14:27
Many people believe when you are saved that you only receive the forgiveness for past sins and the redemption from Hell.
However salvation is so much more than that. It is wholeness, health, soundness and anything else that you need that pertains to life and godliness. God has already given you everything you need to live this life.
How do you get what you have in the spiritual realm to manifest in the natural? By going to God and thanking Him for what He has already given you.
Thanksgiving is what puts faith into operation on your behalf.
When you do this, you will see those things you are believing for manifest
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