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Do you believe in prayer?
Pastor Mike Novotny
by Pastor Mike Novotny
March 19, 2024

Do you believe that prayer works? Do you trust that the words we speak in Jesus’ name reach the ears of God and move the hands of God to increase the blessing of God? I do. While I can’t fathom the details of the process, I do believe that Jesus was telling the truth when he taught us about the power of prayer.

If you share my confidence in prayer, then confess your deepest spiritual struggles to other people. That’s what Jesus’ younger brother James said when he wrote, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:16).

Note the domino effect—First, you confess your sins to other people. Next, those people can pray for you regarding those sins. Finally, God responds to the words of his righteous people and sends a healing blessing down from heaven.

Pride tempts us to keep our prayers shallow, only asking others to pray for Grandma’s cancer or safe travels during spring break. But James urges us to pray for the deep things, the potentially embarrassing things, the sinful habits that we can’t seem to shake by ourselves. Why? Because when righteous people pray, God listens. Even better, when righteous people pray, God heals.

So swallow your pride, confess your sins to others, and trust that the resulting prayers are not pointless. By God’s grace, they are powerful ways through which God might change your habits and heal your heart.