Saturday, August 11, 2012

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective

One of the most passionate and dynamic speakers (and therefore one of my favorites) in the Christian world is Francis Chan.  I’ve written a post about him last year, and it’s high time I include another video of him now. 

I recently spoke in my church’s youth group last weekend, and at around the beginning of my talk, I showed them this powerful Francis Chan video clip on how God answers prayer so powerfully.  Check it out and be wowed.




Indeed, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”  (James 5:16b)

But you know what?  The God that pulled him through out of that hairy situation is also the God that has pulled me out of mine (and I have my own stories, for sure)….and if you allow Him, He can also work mighty things in your life as well.

But you might be thinking…


You can sometimes struggle with that, right?  One of my former students was a Catholic who became agnostic because a critical prayer in her young life wasn’t answered.  I had to lovingly coach her about the topic of prayer.

As for you, dear readers, I’d like to give you the web source material of my talk, in the hopes that your questions in this area will also be quenched. 

Can your prayers by powerful and effective, like what it says in James 5:16, and what was shown so vividly in Francis Chan’s video?  Yes they can.  Just check out this site.

Oh, and Francis Chan is also one of the best authors.  Crazy Love, in particular, is an especially good book.

Francis Chan's books:

Erasing Hell
Crazy Love
Forgotten God

23 comments:

  1. i do sometimes feel that my prayers don't deserve a YES from God because sometimes i go out of His way (but has never forgotten Him) and because I am not righteous, and i mean, who is? but i know too that God has reasons for not answering my prayers or for saying Yes to some. i will only have to discern them...

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    1. Read the source material that I link above. I truly feel it could help you answer the questions about prayer you may have.

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  2. praying is one way of communicating to our Heavenly Father and many may have doubt whether or not their prayers are heard. Each person with such feelings has his own reason for doubting and in many cases, the doubts may be fueled by unanswered questions such us; is there a Creator? Why is religion so often an influence for bad? and why dos God allow suffering? Now, if you could know the answers to those questions, would you feel more confident about praying?

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    1. I've seen so many terrific "whoa this is a God-thing" moments in my life and the lives of the faithful around me. It's undeniable...and some were as amazing as the video above.

      And yes, if one knew the answers to these questions, they not only would be more confident about prayer, but, it removes one hindrance to said prayer(s) being answered.

      I'm sorry if I'm being dense, but did you want me to answer the questions you posted?

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  3. thank you for sharing this one. based on my experienced God answered all my prayers in different way. sometimes i dont feel like i deserved it but He is very good to me and myfamily, theres no problem that we havent solved

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    1. You're welcome, and glad to hear how you are loved and provided by the great Lover and Provider

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  4. i think the more you pray, the more you get tested. it is better to pray by heart and not because you have to. pray everyday and be thankful. a lot of people prayed only because they need something. i think God wants you to see that prayers also the way to communicate with Him and believing in Him. this is great post!

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    1. Yes, totally agree on all your points. Thanks for the kudos.

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  5. not all prayers are answered with a yes though, because that really depends to God... he's the only one who sees our righteous needs... and we humans wouldn't understand even if a No from God is the best for us.

    cheers :) amazing post sir.. :)

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    1. Yeah, that's one one criteria of the answer is if it is according to His will.

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  6. My son has been memorizing a lot of Bible verses and this is one of it. James 5:16 the prayer of a righteous man is powerful. Thanks for sharing this;)

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    1. Awesome. Keep training him in the way he should go... :) (Prov. 22:6)

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  7. Prayers don't get answered because you did not work for what you prayed. the prayer is an assurance that everything you ask for would turn out right.

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    1. Oh, God often takes us to the point where there nothing more we can do (or work)...but to pray.

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  8. That's one way we get to close to our heavenly Father!

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  9. If you pray and believe it will happen..But not all answers are yes...

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    1. Right...and "no" answers can be translated to, "I have something better"

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  10. I believe in the power of prayer. There are times we wonder why our prayers seemed not answered, but have we listen or feel enough to His messages? Maybe he already answered our prayers but we did not notice it? Discernment. I learned in one of the books about prayer that I am reading - "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you." - John 15:7.

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  11. Sometimes, we only pray if there is no other way to resolve your trouble. It is like HE is the last one who could help you out of your problem. Why not make a habit that every time you make a move pray for it, and then work for it.. It will surely get a positive answer.

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  12. I believe that there is always power in prayer and there are 3 answers to prayers - yes, no, and wait. But the thing is that some people prayed and they always expect for yes and yes as in yes to all their requests not realizing that their prayers has been answered in a different form. coincidences? nope? they can be indirect answers to our prayers.

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