Steadfast In Prayer

The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16 (NKJV)

Have you ever witnessed another brother or sister in the Lord going through a trial, but you felt almost helpless, not knowing what you could do to help?  Chances are we can all answer, “yes” to this question.  The Apostle Paul gave us a great answer to this dilemma, and it is to be steadfast in prayer for them (Rom. 12:12).  He didn’t just say, throw up a popcorn prayer, but he exhorted believers to be steadfastly in prayer.

This word steadfastly, comes from the Greek word, “proskartereo,” pros-kar-ter-eh’-o; and it means to be diligent through perseverance, or to “continue in.”  So to put this in its proper context for Romans 12:12, we are to continually persevere in being diligent and devoted in prayer—and in this case it is referring to our fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord.

We are told, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh…” And we are then told, the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds (See 2 Cor 10:3-4).  One of these mighty weapons is prayer.  Simply put, prayer is the most effective weapon for dealing with every test, trial, or tribulation we will face. We cannot fight or defeat the enemy on our own, so it is through prayer where we will find our strength in God. 

Unfortunately many of us utilize prayer as a last resort—only to be used when every other option has been used or considered.  This should not be.  God knows this about us, and He has given us the direction that we should always pray for our brothers and sisters in the Lord—continually, and without ceasing.

Pray without ceasing, 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NKJV)

To pray without ceasing is as essential as our breathing air—if we were to stop it would have a devastating and eventually a deadly effect.  We need to understand the enemy is attempting to keep us too busy to pray, or he is attempting to get us to think of prayer as having little value or even a waste of time.  He does this because he knows the power contained and released during these times of prayer spent with our Heavenly Father. 

Let’s not be fooled by Satan and his emissaries any longer!  Let’s not allow our day to be so crowded—even with good stuff—that we fail to take time and talk with God.  Let’s seek our Lord in the quiet places and talk with Him—asking Him for wisdom and His help with everything we’re facing.  Let’s seek Him in prayer for our Christian brothers and sisters as well.   Let’s commit to interceding for others, as we would want them to intercede for us.

STUDY QUESTION:  What can we learn with regard to how we should be praying from the scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you continually praying about everything, including about the needs of your Christian brothers and sisters?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s talk to the Lord about everything.  Let’s give Him praise for everything including the tough times we face.  Let’s be faithful to pray for our fellow Christian brothers and sisters as well.

Father, thank You for everything You have given us.  Thank You for everything You have taught us.  Thank You for the tough times we have faced Lord.  Help us to see the needs of others and prompt us to pray for them.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott





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