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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | September 18, 2018

Effective Prayer (Psalm 106:23) Dr. Robert L. Horton

Psalm 106 gives us an example which illustrate the truth James expresses: “the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (5:16). This psalm is a history lesson for God’s people. It explains why they are in exile, and why they deserve to be there. Even as God displayed miraculous power against the gods of Egypt, the people rebelled. Throughout the wilderness wandering they murmured and complained. And they failed to obey the Lord when they entered and settled the promised land. Consequently, God regularly brought judgments upon them.

Yet in the midst of sufferings there were bright spots. For instance, there was an occasion where one man pleaded with God and averted punishment for all Israel. While Moses was on Mt.Sinai receiving the Ten Commandments, the people were at the base of the mountain making and worshipping an idol – a golden calf, which they called the god which brought them out of Egypt! The psalm reports, “Therefore [God] said that He would destroy them, had not Moses His chosen one stood before Him in the breach, to turn away His wrath, lest He destroy them” (106:23). All alone Moses prayed for the people, and God spared them because of his prayer. The psalm also points out that the action of Phinehas stopped a plague. Again, one man taking a stand for God on behalf of the people of God made a difference. And James tells us that our pray can be just as effective. Therefore, let us pray. God’s people need our prayers.

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