Keep on Praying- In His Word 1-19-2022


Day 16

Persistent prayer—Righteous prayers

Is your prayer time being effective? Do you wonder what is happening because of your prayers? The Word of God says that Elijah prayed earnestly, that means his prayers were sincere. He meant what he prayed and he prayed what he meant. He asked God to stop the rain and he did for three years. Then Elijah prayed and asked for rain and the rain began to fall and the earth was green again!

James 5:16-19  states, "The effective fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.' Elijah was a man with nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain: and it did not rain o the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again and the heaven gave rain and the earth produced its fruit.

 Another man prayed and God lengthened the day light that they could win a battle. God answers such prayers when we pray with a sincere purposeful heart. Both these instances were giving God the glory, not man. So when we pray effectively we must be praying for God’s best in the answer, for His will not ours. If we pray anything less, than His will to be done, we are not giving Him the glory that He deserves.


Elijah was a righteous man. In order to pray a righteous prayer we must become as much in His will as possible. This means we are walking in right standing with God, or morally upright according to the dictionary. This brings us back to the “regarding iniquity in our heart”; we must be right with God to see our prayers answered.


David prayed when he was caught having killed a man over lust for his wife. He knew it was wrong and when he was called on his sin by Nathan the prophet he broke down in prayer.


Psalm 51:1-12

“Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion blot out the stain of my sins. Wash me from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. For I recognize my rebellion: it haunts me day and night.  Against you and you alone, have I sinned: I have done what is evil in your sight. You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just. For I was born a sinner, yes, from the moment my mother conceived me. But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there. Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean: wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me—now let me rejoice.

Don’t keep looking at my sins, remove the stain of my guilt.

Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a right spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.”


In your prayer this morning you could pray something like this;


“Good morning Lord, create in me a clean heart, remove any of that sinful dirt from my heart and life and make me righteous in your eyes.”


Don’t forget to continue your prayer and make it personal.