THE POWER OF PRAYER
John G. Nichols
In James 5.16 the Holy Spirit states, “The effective, earnest prayer of a righteous man is powerfully effective.” It is amazing what can be accomplished through prayer.
It is important to pray in the right way. We must not pray for revenge on a person who has harmed us for Jesus teaches that we are to bless those who persecute us. Nor are we to pray for God to bless us in a way that will do harm to others.
We live in the country on a state highway. Over the past few years we have had a considerable increase in vehicle traffic. A number of months ago we began to have cars and pickups go by with boom boxes. You could hear and feel the sound before seeing the car. They would cruse the road going back and forth at a very slow speed. This increased to the point that it began to hurt both body and soul.
The thought came to me, and I believe it was from God, that the people responsible for the noise were our enemies. Since the Bible teaches us to bless our enemies and to pray in secret I determined to start blessing them and told no one about my prayer. Every time I heard them coming I would pray:
Father in heaven.
After a few days they began to drive faster by our house and in a few weeks it had almost stopped. From time to time someone would come by with their boom box going and I would again pray the prayer. Now, after several months, we have very few driving by with a boom box. Toward the end they would drive by so fast that all I could pray was “God bless you” and they were gone.
Please note that we did not contact them in any way. I do not know how God did it and I am not going to ask Him how or what He did, but I do know it was in response to a correct prayer that the problem was solved.
WARNING: Do not pray this prayer to get revenge. The purpose is to bless your enemies, not curse them. If you pray with the wrong motive the prayer will not be effective. We must forgive others in the same way God has forgiven us, then God will do great things through us. The loud sound with very low frequency of the boom box is harmful to body, soul, and spirit. Therefore they were blessed when their boom boxes stopped working.
"Bless those who persecute you;
The prayer has been revised.
Father in heaven
Father we thank you for your
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Created October 2000. Revised March 2001