Torrey - Man -14.9- The Result of Prayer

IX. THE RESULT OF PRAYER. James 5:16 RV "Confess therefore your sins one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The supplication of a righteous man availeth much in its working."

First Proposition: Prayer availeth much in its working. How much?

James 17:18 — "Elijah was a man of like passions with us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain; and it rained not on the earth for three years and six months. And he prayed again; and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit." 1 Kings 18:37-38 — "Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou, LORD, art God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt offering, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench." (See also passages under Section VI, "What should we pray for?") The great secret of the poverty and powerlessness of the average believer and average church is found in James 4:2 — "Ye have not because ye ask not." John 14:13-14 "And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye ask anything in my name, I will do it."

Second Proposition: Prayer secures the very thing asked. 1 John 3:22 — "And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight."

Third Proposition: Whatever we ask from God we receive when we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in his sight. 1 John 5:14-15 — "And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him."

Fourth Proposition: If we ask anything according to His will He hears us, and when our prayer is heard the thing asked is ours.