The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. James 5:16b
Have you ever had one of those days where you wake up and you feel super emotional, but you have no idea why? On top of that, there is a flood of tears ready to flow like a river, but you’re not in a space where the tears feel safe enough to come out because in your mind you’re still trying to figure out what’s wrong. Why are internal alarms being set off? And what is it I am actually feeling?
Well, this happened to me the other day. The first thing I did was pray because I knew that the feeling I was experiencing was too overwhelming for me to have to handle on my own. I knew something in the atmosphere was for me, I could feel it, but I wasn’t getting that “via fax” as my Pastor Jorge likes to say which is a clear understanding of an internal process. I needed a word from God or a sense of his presence to ignite the healing tears that I needed at that moment to feel peace. It didn’t come at that moment.
Some back-end information needed to better understand the story:
I recently was given next steps on what I needed to be focusing my energies on. I freaked out a little bit because I had been asking God forever what do you want me to do? God, what do you want me to do? And then he revealed the next step to me and my response was ”nah for real tho, what should I be doing?” as if I was hearing something foreign, but it was just doubted on my end. One of the reasons God doesn’t reveal everything to me at the same time is because then I might faint. So I get piece-by-piece information and then things start to connect and lead me to where I need to be. So I have been sitting on the action step I have to take to move forward because I felt super overwhelmed about it. Interestingly enough, it is more uncomfortable for me to stay in that space of being unsettled and doing nothing than to actually do what needs to get done, which is a good thing. So I let the emotion go at that moment, and I pray on my long drive to Princeton and on the journey back home that I needed to either have a crying session or He needed to reveal something to me again because when he spoke the first time I might not have heard it correct. Lol. I worshiped a lot because God is worthy of praise, but still, I didn’t hear anything. When I got home I was ready to relieve some stress, so I went to the gym.
Little did I know he heard my urgent request and he had me on someone’s mind. He was going to respond the same day this time through someone I listen to, my godmother and personal angel. She starts by saying that I was heavy on her heart all day and she encouraged me at that moment with exactly what I needed to hear. I burst into tears in the middle of split squats, Lisa and I’s worse exercise, while I’m sweating profusely. It was an ugly cry too, I was staring at myself in the mirror, my face turned red it was awesome. Sweating and tears at the same time I definitely received the relief I needed. All jokes aside, by the end of the conversation I felt such a peace. That moment was EXACTLY what I needed. She said every word I needed to hear so that I would be obedient and do what I was told. I needed to stop doubting and believe in my heart that his word was truth. I had to stop and thank God for my answered prayer and that’s what led me to James 5:16b. The prayers of the righteous availeth much.
Be encouraged, my friends. He hears you. He knows what you need. And he will answer with exactly what you need to hear. Even if he is telling you exactly what he told you the first time. He wants to make sure you know he means what he says.