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Does Praying Really Make a Difference?

Is it just me, or is anyone else ever unsure that God hears and acts on our prayers? While we were at camp with our youth group, I made a new friend. Her name is Su, and she’s the children’s director at a church in Whittier, California. Su is really sweet and funny; she also has a powerful prayer life.

Our camp director was short one speaker for one of the morning sessions, so Su volunteered to teach. She taught us all something reassuring about prayer. Preaching from James 5, Su read this passage,

Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 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 5:13-16).

Read that last sentence again. “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” The Scriptures also say, “As it is written: ‘There is no one righteous, not even one” in Romans 3:10. So, if none of us is righteous, then does that mean that our prayers aren’t powerful or effective?

Of course not! The Bible also tells us that “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God” in 2 Corinthians 5:21. We are the righteousness of God! We can’t be righteous on our own because of sin, but through Christ, we’re righteous.

If we’re righteous, that means, according to James 5, that our prayers are both powerful and effective. Hearing this short teaching really helped me to look at my prayer life in a brand new-way. I hope this has helped you girls realize that your prayers are powerful and effective because of our righteousness in Jesus Christ.

Girls, did this help you see your prayer life in a more powerful way?

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. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops (James 5:17-18).

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  1. TinaBeena

    Posted by TinaBeena on August 10, 2013 at 21:43

    Thanks for posting this.. It really helped. Mostly the ending James 5:17:18.

    “I still believe in Your faithfulness… Even when I can’t see… I still believe…”

  2. Exlon

    Posted by Exlon on August 9, 2013 at 19:48

    Sometimes prayer though just feels like you’re spouting the same old thing with no progress. You think you’re listening, but as far as you’re concerned, nothing has been said in months, and everyone’s telling you it’s your fault because you’re not “doing” something right, not reading the Bible enough, not seeing the right things. But what can you do when you’re in a position where nothing is told to you?

  3. MiSSFloYd

    Posted by MiSSFloYd on August 5, 2013 at 17:04

    this was nice
    if God doesnt answer your prayers it probally means he has a better plan for you
    if something terrible is happening in your life it will turn out right
    such as if a woman is bankrupt and she has to live with her sister. the two become good friends for life ♥

  4. ljn9999

    Posted by ljn9999 on August 4, 2013 at 19:24

    Thank you for posting this! I needed it. (: