Chain Reaction | Devotion #4: Prayer of the Righteous
Max Sinclair | Children’s Director
One of my fondest memories of my life is watching the movie Gladiator with my father. I recall us sitting down and my dad telling me how awesome of a movie it is, and we began to watch it. I think I was around age 14 when we did, and I still can see Russell Crowe saluting his officers and saying, “Strength and Honor.”
James 5:16 says, “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”
To prepare for this devotion and the writing of it, I decided to go to a commentary set that I love, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary. As I read the section on James 5:16, I see this quote which has inspired me to write this, “Weak prayers come from weak people; strong prayers come from strong people. The energetic prayers of a righteous man are a potent force in calling down the power of God for restoring weak, struggling believers to spiritual health.” It hurts reading that because I know I am not a strong prayer warrior. I remember a time where I was down, and I needed encouragement. I was up at a youth camp with the church, and I was struggling. A man who I can honestly say is one of the strongest men I know, placed his hand on my back and prayed for me. At that moment I felt an energy I had not had in me, I felt this pushing of my soul, and with that, I was able to keep going.
Men, it is our duty as the spiritual leader of our house not to be weak, we need to be strong. Our job is to defend our house, and with that, we need this strength, we need to pray to strengthen not only ourselves but our families. I see more times than not, weak men who do not let their families move. I see men who would rather sit on the sidelines and not pray and dig deep. Our job is to move and see the Holy Spirit move in our families.
Women, encourage your husbands. I say this with love and with the utmost respect, but your husbands do not need you to convict them of their wrongdoings. If they know Jesus that is already done. Instead pray for them, with them, and over them. Encourage them where they need to be and motivate them to go there.
Do not forget that quote, “Strong prayers are from strong men.” Stay strong and do not stop praying.