It is written… “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”(James 5:16–17 ESV)
It is further written that one of our brothers was so righteous, or so skilled, or so something in the art of prayer that he was able to change the weather.
I must not be righteous. although it’s written in other places that I was given such as a gift.
The only way I can change the weather is to turn on my space heater.
Not to be the bearer of bad tidings, but most of you must not be any more righteous than me.
Prayer, whether by many or by one…seems to avail little according to biblical definition and standards in my experience.
George Mueller was the model I was indoctrinated into…for the uninitiated he was the founder of orphanages that he kept open and the inhabitants fed through constant miraculous answers to prayer.
He wrote books about this in which it was made clear that we could experience this as well.
Bless his memory and his work, but I think the old boy stretched the truth a tad.
More than a tad…
There is much more written in the Bible about prayer and thousands more books written about how to make sense of what is written those passages.
I believe there will be more such epistles written as none of the rest of them have come upon a proven technique yet…
We alleviate (or deny) our frustrations in this matter by “spiritualizing” our prayers believing that the very act of praying is of spiritual benefit (and I affirm that) .
However, that is not what that which is written says to expect from the discipline.
For me, prayer now serves two purposes.
It is how I affirm to God that both of us exist and one of us needs the other one if he’s going to continue to do so.
It is also how I affirm that I care about others…that I wish to see their suffering alleviated and their lives blessed.
Whether those affirmations change circumstances or not…these things must be affirmed.
In the spirit.
It is in affirming these things that we affirm who our God is…and who we are as well.
I’m praying for many of you…
Make your own application.