. . . The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16b (KJV)
In my files is a story about a poor farmer who broke his leg.
That unfortunate accident meant he was going to be laid up, unable to work, unable to take care of his large family.
As often happens in such situations his church had a prayer meeting ... a prayer meeting that took place at the man's house. As they were asking the Lord to watch over the farmer's family, there came a knock at the door.
It was a young man who lived on a farm about a mile down the road.
He said, "I'm sorry about being late. My dad could not come at all. But he did want to send his prayers with me in the wagon."
Prayers in a wagon?
The people looked and saw the wagon was almost overflowing with meat, potatoes, apples, and just about everything the farmer's family might need.
Although I'm not sure if that story is true or not, it ought to be.
It really does show that the prayers of God's people can accomplish much, especially if they are willing to back up their prayers with action.
We do do that, don't we?
If the Lord has blessed us with the ability to respond to a prayer, are we willing to do so? Do we put our prayers in the wagon?
I've known more than a few Christians who do just that, and they have been very special people. They have been a joy, and the lives they have touched have been many. Indeed, I have often asked the Lord to bless my congregations with many more such individuals . . .
. . . individuals who are, because of the redemption Jesus has won for them, willing to put their prayers into the wagon.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, talk is cheap, but it takes commitment to put our prayers into the wagon. May we, if You have given us the ability, respond to the needs of those around us. If and when we do so, may that response point people to Jesus. In His Name. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries