Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. – James 5:16 ESV
We need to be IN THE WORD, since we are IN THE WORLD, but NOT of the world. The Bible is God’s compass, His map, His FARMERS ALMANAC for His children sojourning on this planet. Being in the Word is not sufficient, unless we understand and see to apply or LIVE HIS WORD. There are 2 words that we need to understand in HIS WORD that we are studying today; Confess and Righteous. Confess means to agree with God and Righteous has nothing to do with our behavior, but our standing before God- which will affect our behavior. We are NOT saved by good works, HOWEVER, we are SAVED UNTO GOOD WORKS. “… knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ … for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.” (Galatians 2:16)
Leader, in other words, we CAN’T be GOOD ENOUGH for God, only Jesus was! And for those who BELIEVE in and TRUST in the work of Jesus on the cross they are counted as RIGHTEOUS. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? (Romans 10:13-14a) We must first realize we are sinners who need a Savior and then call on the name of Jesus and let Him, through the Holy Spirit change us from our wicked, willful way to the way of the LORD. Hebrews 12 tells us; let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles us. Which brings us to our standing before God. We hear so often in the political world that people who vote against God and His WORD, who want to ban His Word and His name from the public square are praying for this President or praying for our troops. Exodus 20:7; Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. It is a form of blasphemy, to use God’s name in vain, to use God’s name and His word as a cudgel.
Conduit the Bible is clear; We know that God does not listen to UN-repentant sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, God listens to Him. If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination. The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. (John 9:31, Proverbs 28:9 and 15:29, James 4:3) God is NOT a respecter of persons, but He only listens to HIS CHILDREN, HIS PEOPLE; those who confess with their mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord and believe in their heart that He is risen and UNDERSTAND that the only way to GOD THE FATHER is through HIS SON, JESUS. We must believe the whole BIBLE, not just the convenient parts if we are to be HEARD BY GOD and our PRAYERS have any value! BEWARE of all these politicians that pray for you as they seek to destroy those who believe in the God of the Bible who pray in the name of HIS SON, JESUS. Worthless prayers have no effect on our troops, our country or our salvation! Read GOD’S word, seek understanding of God’s WORD and understand ONLY the prayers of a RIGHTEOUS person have any value. Don’t be fooled and DON’T USE HIS NAME IN VAIN!