Psalm 66:18 (NASB) “If I regard wickedness in my heart, the Lord will not hear.”
When you buy a truck, or car, you want it to have power. You don’t want to try getting on the interstate with a vehicle that will barely go. I doubt most people of today want to try to use the manual drill of bygone years; they go down and buy a drill that has power. Power to get the job done quickly with little effort. Same with a kitchen appliance. You want the job done with power. The thing about any of those things is…they have to be plugged in, or filled up in order to have that power.
When King Herod mistreated the believers in Jerusalem and had James put to death, he saw that it pleased the Jews. Many of the Jews hated the Christians and considered them a destructive religious cult. Therefore, he decided to imprison Peter and assigned four squads of soldiers to guard him.
Herod’s intention was to bring Peter before the Jews after Passover, and put him to death. But fervent prayer was being made for Peter by the church. As Peter was sleeping between two of the soldiers, his chains fell away, and he was released by an angel of the Lord. (Acts 12:19)
The point is Peter was released because of the power of fervent, persistent prayer. God answers the fervent prayer of the righteous; prayer that doesn’t stop seeking, asking, and knocking. Prayer is powerful, but it is powerful because the people were plugged in and filled up with the Lord.
You want to change things in your life, your home, your country–get plugged in and filled up with the power that comes from the Lord. And PRAY.
James 5:16b “The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.”