“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16).

Most of the times, we give our prayer requests to some renowned servant of God and request them to pray for them saying “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” In the same way, the servants of God also request the believers to pray for them and their ministries.

God also gives some requests to us and expects you to pray along with him. Christ who dwells in you is also a prayer warrior. The Holy Spirit is also a prayer warrior. So, will you join hands with Christ and Holy Spirit in faith and pray for the prayer requests which He gives?

The first prayer point is “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Mathew 5:44, 45).

Many children of God write down the names of hundreds of servants of God and pray for them. But at the same time, very few people pray for the wicked, murderers and the transgressors involved in adultery. When Jesus was nailed on the cross, two robbers were also nailed on either side of Him. Even they accused Him at the beginning (Mathew 27:44). But one of them was touched when he saw Christ remaining unmindful of the accusations and pleading for the transgressors. He thus said, “Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Luke 23:42). Just see how speedily the prayer of Christ saved the robber.

The prophet Isaiah who lived many years prior to this happening prophetically wrote “Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great and He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death and He was numbered with the transgressors and He bore the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors” (Isaiah 53:12).

Meditate over how Abraham pleaded and prayed for Sodom and Gomorrah which were filled with men involved in homosexuality. God did not like the righteous falling down and the wicked die in sin. God’s will is that they should be saved. So, dear children of God, pray for the wicked to get saved. He is powerful to turn them also as righteous.

To meditate: “for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).

Daily BreadJoshua Jebadurai