While director of the F.B.I., J. Edgar Hoover said, “The force of prayer is greater than any possible combination of man-made or man-controlled powers, because prayer is man’s greatest means of tapping the infinite resources of God.” The inspired writer James wrote this for our learning, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16 - KJV). The New International Version reads, “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”
I am convinced things happen when we pray. You do not have a sin in your life that proper prayer cannot overcome. You do not have a need in your life that prayer cannot fill. Our devotion to prayer, privately as well as publicly, is an indication that we are fulfilling the admonition to “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” (Colossians 4:2 - NIV) The apostle speaks of a servant of Christ who was “always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in the will of God, mature and fully assured.” (Colossians 4:12 - NIV)
Prayer expresses spiritual needs and contributes to spiritual growth. The humble person grows in humility through the act of prayer. Anxieties are prayed away by expressing gratitude and asking for help in times of difficulty. (See I Peter 5:7; Philippians 4:6-7). Prayer changes us as it links us to an all-powerful God. Let us devote ourselves to loving and laboring prayer.