“…The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16
Yesterday we stood together in agreement and commanded rain to fall this week, the dams to be filled and the drought to be broken in the Western Cape.
We know that we are all 100% righteous in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21) and so our prayers are powerful. We were not begging God to do anything, but rather we were speaking to our problem and commanding it to go (Mark 11:10-24), and standing in our God-given authority to release His power to perform it (John 14:12,14). It is done, and the rain is coming!
We heard wonderful testimonies yesterday: cancers healed! AIDS healed! A heart-attack stopped! Eye-sight restored! and more…. These should encourage us in our faith!
Let’s continue to be “fervent” in prayer by speaking forth our faith continuously (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Remember that we’re not begging God – we are simply telling the weather what to do. Until the rain comes let us continually thank God for the rain and keep speaking to the weather commanding rain to fall. Whenever you use some water, take the opportunity to thank God that this is done and to speak to the weather and command rain to come. We believe it is done, but we must continue to speak forth our faith until the natural changes.
Don’t allow what you see (no rain, dust and water-restriction posters) to let your heart get discouraged – close your eyes and in your heart see and hear the abundance of rain! Keep speaking it out until we see the results!
Hallelujah! Bring your umbrella’s to church this Sunday!
PS. Check out what Barry Bennett from Charis Bible College has to say on this:
Effectual, Fervent Prayer
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16)
What is an effectual, fervent prayer?
Effectual fervent is one Greek word (energeo) that means, “to be operative, put forth power, to effect.”
An effectual fervent prayer is one that puts for power and has an effect. Of course, we can conclude that there are ineffectual, passive prayers that have no effect or power.
When do we pray these kinds of prayers? Elijah is given as our example in this passage of scripture. In spite of having a word from God that it would rain, Elijah proceeded to pray UNTIL he saw a cloud the size of a man’s hand in the distance.
Could it be that we sometimes do not see God’s promises realized in our lives because we haven’t prayed effectually and fervently? I believe the answer is yes.
Problems are like nails. There are many, different kinds of nails in the world of carpentry. Many are small and require little effort to drive with a hammer. Other nails are larger. Some are quite large. They require larger hammers and more effort. Some of the problems in life can be resolved with a declaration of God’s Word and a proactive stance against the work of the enemy. Other issues, however, seem to have deeper roots. When God speaks to our hearts, that word alone will not always bring a manifestation of the answer. It may require our faith filled cooperation (prayer) to bring that promise to reality.
Elijah had a word from God that it would not rain, and then later that it would rain. Such a promise would seem to be complete in itself. However, Elijah prayed UNTIL the promise manifested. He is the example given in the book of James of someone who prayed an effectual, fervent prayer.
What does this kind of prayer look like? I believe it is a faith filled enforcing of God’s will, a resisting of the enemy, praise for the full manifestation of that which was promised. It is a prayer that brings to birth that which God has conceived in our hearts. It is not begging, but rather decreeing that which God has decreed. It is our cooperation with the heart of God; a divine insistence that the Word prevail over the problem.
I believe we too often grow passive and give up in our prayer life. We put down the hammer and relax. We don’t realize that it is up to us to enforce God’s will. Our effectual prayer releases the power of God to impact the circumstances.
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit. (Eph. 6:18)