The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful. James 5:16Consequently, failing marriages have been saved, jobs have been given to the unemployed, patients have become cancer free, and on and on. Even when someone has been prayed back to healing, they remain on her prayer list forever. From my perspective, it all seems so effortless. If and when I'm in distress, or someone I know is, I simply put my mom on the case. Then, just like being on my back deck now, I sit back in the darkness and wait for the glow of her prayers to wrap us all up in enough healing to continue on. The thing is: It may feel effortless on my part, but it's not on my twinkle lights' part, or my mom's. All day long, the little panel on my lights is pounded by the sun's intense rays. All day long, that panel has to store up that energy. That's how it can power those little orbs of light when darkness falls. So too with my mom. All day long, she is fervently praying, pounding God's loving heart with her petitions. All day long, God stores up her faith-filled supplications. When darkness comes into the lives of those she loves, He opens the floodgate of her prayers. That's how all that faith, hope and love come streaming back to grace whomever is in need. Although it's fine for me to relax on my back deck and enjoy the fruits of my lights' labor, I shouldn't do so with my mom's prayers. Rather, I should be following her example. Just imagine if we all became powerful prayer warriors, like my mom, and prayed unceasingly. We'd light up this world with healing and grace!
Copyright 2018 Claire McGarry
About the Author
Claire McGarry is the author of Grace in Tension: Discover Peace with Martha and Mary, and the Lenten family devotionals With Our Savior and Abundant Mercy. Claire is a regular contributor to Living Faith, and her freelance work has appeared in several books, magazines, and devotionals. She blogs weekly at Shifting My Perspective, and lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Amazon.