James 5:16, AMP “The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]”.
Prayer makes power available for change, especially when prayer stems from the Word of God and under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. This is because such prayer makes available sound codes which are needed for change in any situation. However, the Bible makes us aware that more power is made available when we not only pray this way, but also when our prayers are heartfelt and continued. Therefore, depending on the magnitude of change you want to see or the speed with which you would like to see that change, your prayer must be accompanied with some fervency and must be sustained. The reason for this is the concept of “sound coding”.
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, in his message Called to Fellowship defines sound coding as the “assignment of meaning, interpretation and communication of sound or the cognitive processes for the creation of language“. Remember that sound codes are “instructions, meaning, account or information embedded in a sound wave”. Therefore sound coding is the application of continuous and intense sound codes to program the object receiving the codes to respond to the information embedded in the code, and to act accordingly. Imagine you had a pan of cold water and you desired to change its state from cold to hot, you would have to apply heat to get that change. However, how hot and how fast you’d like for the water to get hot would be dependent on the intensity of the heat you apply and for how long you apply the heat. In this scenario, the heat you apply are the sound codes and process of intensifying the heat is sound coding. See why it is the “earnest, heartfelt” prayer of the righteous man that makes “dunamis” or inherent, self-sustaining power available. The more you speak forth sound codes and the more intense you speak them forth, the more the power that you need for that permanent change in your family, workplace, community and nation is made available. This is one of the many reason why praying in tongues is so effective and highly recommended for the Christian because it allows you to accomplish this.
Concurrently, it is very important to be careful of what you say when you are highly emotional (angry or very excited) because in that state, your words gain fervency or intensity because they come right out of your spirit and they carry so much weight that what you say will come to pass. It is for this reason why the Bible admonishes us to be angry and sin not – sin with our words. Also, words we speak carelessly such as “I am dead” when something seems funny to us or “You are going to kill me” are dangerous because when we speak them continually, we are programming ourselves for death. Even words we speak towards others can program them for failure or success – mothers who continually call their children “foolish” will end up with “foolish” children. Jesus said “Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation” [Matthew 12:36-37,MSG].
Renewal of your mind as a Christian is so crucial in this regard because what you have in your mind is what you will speak forth about yourself and about others. Remember, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he” [Proverbs 23:7, AMP]. If you want to make sure you are programming yourself and others for success, change how you think by first re-programming your mind with the Word of God, “by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse” [Philippians 4:8, MSG]. After you have re-programmed your mind, you would have the right vocabulary to re-program your circumstances and those of others.
Think about what you are thinking about and speak life. What you speak is what you get – program yourself and others for success by speaking in consonance with the Word of God. Then you can tell others “Go for the Word, you will come back with a testimony”.