James 5:16, “…The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much”
I believe that some people God has honored the most are the people who did not waste their trying times. Instead of blaming God or asking themselves and the Lord why they were in such situations, they began to praise and thank God for counting them worthy to go through it. Their prayers in situations like these changed as they saw an opportunity to pray to God to do something greater for Himself while they were in the situation. This is why I say, “don’t waste your trying moments”.
There has been great persecution of believers in some parts of India. While we would want to pray for persecution to stop, you know what most of them are praying? That they will be bold to stand firm in their walk and in their preaching. What an effective prayer. Why pray in this manner? they understand that through adversities, the gospel spreads like wild fire. The more the Egyptians oppressed the Israelites and even killed them, the more they multiplied and grew Exodus 1:12 and so is India and many other countries where there is great persecution yet it’s not silencing the gospel.
Acts 4, Peter and John are arrested for preaching Christ. They had just performed a miracle that started the trouble. They were then brought before the high priest and their family members, and with boldness, Peter preached Christ. Even with greater threat they still preached Jesus, (Acts 4:17-21). How would you have prayed in this situation? probably for the persecution to stop, but they prayed in this way vs. 29, “Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word”. They were not going to let adversities dictate what they could and could not do. They saw it as an opportunity to preach the word and their cry to God was for boldness. They refused to waste their trying period.
Then we see Paul and Silas in Acts 16 perform a miracle by casting out demonic forces out of a girl who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling (Acts 16:16). The girl’s masters seeing their lost means of income, dragged Paul and Silas before the magistrate, falsely accusing them of many things. They were beaten severely, thrown in prison, their feet locked, and even having guards to securely watch them. In their situation, the bible says Acts 16:25, “At midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them”. What did they pray for, to get out? I doubt it. I believe they preached Christ and then prayed for the prisoners’ hearts to be softened to receive the gospel. Then “Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.” , Acts 16:26. It appears their work there was almost done until the prison keeper awoke from his sleep, almost killed himself because he thought all the prisoners had escaped, but Paul assured him that they were all present. Vs. 30, “And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Imagine if they just sat there nursing their pain and complaining to God, they would have wasted their trial moments. Instead they maximized the opportunity to preach, pray, give praise to God through singing in which they led the prison keeper and his family to the Lord. They too refused to waste their trying moments. After it was said and done, I could see them saying, “it was worth the experience“.
You could be sick and may end up in hospital, or are facing the worst trying time and feel like asking God the “Why” question, or feeling persecuted at work to name a few. What is your prayer when you feel like you are between a rock and a hard place? Are you going to waste your trying moments by complaining or pray to God to show you how to maximize every opportunity in that trying moment? James 5:16, “…The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” , your effective prayer will avails much. To finish, blessings Ev