But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.
pray without ceasing.
The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit.
I make no apologies for writing yet another post about prayer. If this winds you up, why? You have two choices, first you can ignore it, the problem with ignoring it though is God usually gets His way. The other choice is to do something about the fact that God has put this subject in front of you again. Prayer is an important ministry which every christian is qualified for, no one is exempt.
The prayer ministry I refer to is that of intercession, approaching God on behalf of others. People we know and people we don’t know, we can pray for either with great effect.
If you are an intercessor your ministry is as important as anyone else in the church. If you think of the church as a great cruise ship, the pastor and office bearers are the captain and his officers. They will often get credit for much but, the real work that drives a cruise ship towards its destination takes place in the engine room. Here the engineers labour tirelessly unseen, yet their work is imperative. Such is the position of an intercessor, they run the engine room of the church. Without their service the church would achieve little.
Dear reader, never make the mistake of belittling the prayers of the saints who are housebound by health issues. The work of intercession is for all age groups, male or female, everyone is valuable. It was two old ladies interceding for revival in Lewis that brought the power of Heaven down on the Hebridean Islands. Our world is in turmoil right now, men are leaning on their own understanding and have turned away from God. There is need for an army of intercessors to pray for the church and our world. The fervent prayer of the few can affect many. A revival is not impossible, with God all things are possible.