by J. Gerald Harris

How to Have an Effective Prayer Life
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
James 5:16-18

How effective is your prayer life? If you were doing a spiritual inventory, how would you grade your prayer life? Would you give yourself an "A" or a "B" or a "C," or would you give yourself an "F?"

I heard Stephen Olford preach recently. And he said that a survey was taken some time ago which indicated that the average pastor in the United States prays three minutes a day. I would say that if a preacher prayed only that much, he would have to give himself an "F" in the area of prayer. He would flunk out in his prayer life, and he would not have an effective prayer ministry.

Let me ask it another way. What if suddenly prayer was no longer a reality. If the reality of prayer just disappeared from the world, would your lifestyle be much different, or would you basically carry on about the same way that you've been carrying on? What is your prayer life worth?

Listen to what Andrew Murray said about prayer. He said, "In relationship to His people, God works only in answer to their prayers. It is in prayer that we exchange our natural strength for the supernatural strength of God."

Dr. R. A. Torrey, who was the successor to Dr. Moody, wrote these words: "Nothing lies beyond the reach of prayer except that which lies beyond the will of God."

Dr. A. C. Dickson wrote this about prayer: "When we depend upon organization, we get what organization can do, and that is something. When we depend upon education, we get what education can do, and that is something. When we depend upon money, we get what money can do, and that is something. When we depend upon singing and preaching, we get what singing and preaching can do, and that is something." But then he said, "When we depend upon prayer, we get what God can do, and that is everything."

What the world needs today is not what man can do, but what God can do. What our nation needs is what God can do, and not what man can do. What our h ...

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