EFFECT'UAL, a. Producing an effect, or the effect desired or intended; or having adequate power or force to produce the effect. -Webster's 1828 Dictionary
Do I believe that effectual prayer avails much? Abraham prayed for God to spare Sodom and Gomorrah for the sake of 10 righteous. Elisha prayed it would not rain and then that it would. What can I effectually and fervently ask God for within the bounds of His will and for His sake and glory, not to consume it upon my own lusts?
James 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
In my heart I often think: I am not worthy to ask God for things.
Really? True, we are not worthy, but God has made us worthy. If we are one of His children, then we now have His righteousness. Because I have His righteousness, I can now live this verse: Hebrews 4:14-16 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Oh, what glorious verses these are!
- God knows and feels my temptations.
- He was tempted in all those points.
- Therefore I can come boldly to His throne of grace
- I can obtain His mercy (oh how merciful He is!)
- I can find grace (G-God's, R-riches, A-at, C-Christ's, E-expense)
-God's will help me in my time of need and oh what needy people we are!
Psalms 40:17 But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God. (See also: Ps. 70:5; Ps. 72:12; Ps. 86:1)
Yes, God loves me and cares for me and He knows I am a needy person. He knows my temptations and can and will deliver me from them. His grace is marvelous and He gives me far more than I deserve. Because I am a child of His, I can come boldy to His throne and pray effectually expecting Him to answer. Because of His grace He gives me over and above all that I could ever ask or think! Praise the Lord!