Power of Prayer
James 5:16b The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
When you pray, do you pray for the physical needs of yourself and others? What about the emotional and spiritual needs of those we love? As a whole person, we are made up of the interactions of mind, body and spirit. If we heal the body but do not heal the mind or spirit, we are only partially healed. These parts are so interchangeable and dependent on the other parts, we need to pray for the whole person.
God hears our prayers. He knows us before we pray. He knows our needs but we must come to him in prayer so that those needs can be answered. The prayers of a righteous man are indeed powerful and effective. Next time you pray for your physical needs or the physical needs of those you love, add prayers for the emotional and spiritual needs of that person too. Praying for the whole person is doing just that.
Prayer: Dear Lord and Savior of us all – we pray for those we love as whole persons – we ask that you care for them physically, emotionally and spiritually. Make each one of us whole so that we can serve you in every way possible. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.