The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16
From one end of the Bible to the other, there is the record of those whose prayers have been answered-men who turned the tide of history by prayer; men who fervently prayed, and God answered.Hezekiah prayed when his city was threatened by the invading army of the Assyrians under the leadership of Sennacherib, and the entire army of Sennacherib was destroyed, and the nation was spared for another generation-because the king prayed (2 Chronicles 32).The problems of the world will never be settled unless our national leaders go to God in prayer. If only they would discover the power and wisdom that there is in reliance upon God, we could soon see the solution to the grave problems that face the world.
How wonderful it would be if the vice president of the United States would ask the Senate, at the beginning of each session, to get on its knees before God! What a tremendous change there would be in all the affairs of government!Elijah prayed, and God sent fire from heaven to consume the offering on the altar he had built in the presence of God’s enemies. Elisha prayed, and the son of the Shunammite woman was raised from the dead.Daniel prayed, and the secret of God was made known to him for the saving of his and his companions’ lives, and the changing of the course of history.Paul prayed, and hundreds of churches were born in Asia Minor and Europe. Peter prayed, and Dorcas was raised to life, to have added years of service for Jesus Christ.As the seventeenth century theologian, John Owen, said, “He who prays as he ought, will endeavor to live as he prays.”