When the righteous pray, God's grace comes down

Lanita Perez 

"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."  James 5:16

Prayer is universal and practiced all over the world by all kinds of people. I’ve seen such dedication to prayer by cultures that shut down the whole city to break for prayer. Communities bowing for hours in communal prayer and removing all things that hinder their special time of worship is considered sacred to them. Some cultures are known to have temples built for prayer, prayer rooms in their houses, specially woven prayer rugs, scarves and jewelry. If our God is the true and Holy God how dedicated should we be to prayer?

In the Old Testament, the priest entered into the Holy of Holies to atone for first his sins then the sins of the people. There he stood in front of the Art of the Covenant in obedience to God offering sacrifice after sacrifice. Then as God ordained He sent His Son to atone for our sins once and for all on the cross. The only thing we need to do is repent, confess our sins and believe on His name. Jesus Christ is the only name that saves us and washes away our sins. If we believe Jesus bridges the gap between us and God shouldn’t we think of our prayer time as sacred?

When I discuss prayer with my mother she always says the same thing, “it’s like going to the bank and if you've deposited money in your account you can confidently make a withdrawal." I think what mom is saying is this, we should make a deposit in our relationship with the Lord. Are we praying faithfully and striving in obedience to live a life that’s pleasing to God? Are we confessing our sins and believing in Jesus Christ as our Savior? If our answers are yes, then we can approach our God confidently in prayer. We don’t have to put on a show by building anything outwardly to impress others with our piety.

"Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."  Hebrews 4:16.

If unbelievers are dedicated to prayer, then as believers we should be even more dedicated. We should have full confidence in the true and living God to set time aside to pray and worship Him habitually and sincerely. The time we set aside for our Creator is sacred and our most valuable possession.

"And, when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you."  Matthew 6:5-6

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