FIRE FOR EFFECT
James 5:16 “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”
The Scene: Representation of guns firing from a battleship–firing several rounds/ volleys, “firing for effect. “The “big boomers” continued to fire for a time, as the shells sought their targets and hit, destroying them. The shells represent our prayers.
Cannon fire is directed by an artillery officer/ spotter/director. Likewise, the Holy Spirit compares our prayers, that are directed by God, to be like the cannon fired at our enemy in the spiritual battle against Satan. He is the master tempter who tries continually to separate us from God.
The Holy Spirit tells us to fire for effect with our prayers. Send many prayers/volleys as necessary to drive off or kill the enemy. Our prayers are to be fervent* and effectual**, God’s Word tells us to be: *fervent: earnest, eager, zealous; ** effectual: having adequate power or force to produce the desired effect.
Holy God gave us His Holy Spirit to provide the power needed to drive our spiritual enemies away.
Proverbs 15:8 ” The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.”
Psalm 86:6-7 “Hear my prayer, O Lord; listen to my cry for mercy. In the day of trouble I will call on you, for you will answer me.”
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