Depending upon the situation, some things in life are an easy fix. The more complex the scenario, the harder and longer it will take to resolve. When a solution is beyond your reach, perhaps it’s time to change your strategy. Instead of looking around for an answer, take a moment to look up. The word prostrate is used 256 times the Bible. Of these passages, 131 times this refers to laying face down while crying out to or speaking with God.
Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, fenced in and hidden, which you do not know (do not distinguish and recognize, have knowledge of and understand), Jeremiah 33:3.
The prophet Jeremiah assures that those who do pray, it won’t be a waste of your time. While praying, God gave Jeremiah an image of a fenced in area, hidden from view. As you fall to your knees to place your trust in an invisible God, your eyes will be opened to great and mighty things. Although Jeremiah isn’t specific about exactly what he learned, this particular moment in prayer was powerful.
And the prayer [that is] of faith will save him who is sick, and the Lord will restore him; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working], James 5:15-16.
The earthly brother of Jesus shares his own experiences praying. A skeptic until his brother’s resurrection, James highlights the fruits of prayer. The initial passage likely references Jesus, healing the sick every day during his three year ministry on earth. However, the latter verse illustrates the power of confession mixed with prayer. If your current strategy isn’t working, follow in the footsteps of Jesus by praying with faith for answers.
by Jay Mankus