Powerful Prayers and a Burden

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. (James 5:16-17)

Have you ever listened to someone pray and thought, “Wow, that was a power-packed prayer!” Maybe it was your pastor, your mentor, or someone in your small group. As children of God, it is amazing that we can pray with strength, power, and boldness because of Christ. Sadly, most Christians don’t pray with power, mainly because they don’t know how.

What will it take for our prayers to become powerful and effective? We will focus on one specific sentence from our Scripture passage in James that says, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” Are you wondering what that statement means and how that applies to your walk with Jesus?

If we want to pray with power, we need three things. The first thing we will need is a connection to a burden. Is there something in your life that is burdening you? You might have a
wayward friend, a disobedient child, or a poor relationship in your marriage. The kinds of prayers that God answers are those connected to a burden. God wants you to live a life that is sensitive. Wherever the burden is in your heart, run there.

How do you find a burden? You don't have to look for a burden. Usually, a burden finds you. If you have to think about it, then you have no burden. You have no heaviness. If you are living life without a burden, you are just existing. The burden finds you, and it finds you when you start walking with God.

You need to allow the Spirit of God to probe your heart as you ask yourself a question. Why don't you have a burden? You might have a concern, and you may have some sympathy, but why don’t you have a burden? Here is the answer. You are not spending enough time with God!

That is what Elijah did, and maybe that's all Elijah needed to do. He spent time alone with God. The way you will connect with the burden is to connect with God in prayer. When you become sensitive enough to Him, you will become burdened with those things that burden Him.
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James W. Howell - March 26th, 2023 at 1:34pm

God can handle burden far better than We. Look to GOD. Don't try to do things without GOD. He Loves Us . PRAISE The Lord !

Betty Jane Laughlin - March 27th, 2023 at 6:17am

I must be connected to God because I have a burden for those around me. Those that feel like God has forgotten them because their loved ones seem to have forgotten them. I have a burden for many other people who have turned to drugs to give them meaning for existing

Brenda Beckman - March 27th, 2023 at 8:58am

Thank you for the encouragement today. 60yrs old and waiting for broken ankle to heal. Gives me more time for Bible reading. New house will be built near us, praying for Christian neighbors, especially fella to connect with my husband.






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