THE EFFECTUAL FERVENT PRAYER OF A RIGHTEOUS MAN AVAILETH MUCH. JAMES 5:16
Prayer is the most common activity of the true children of GOD. The scripture says; "And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father." (Gal 4:6) Just as it is natural for a child to cry out for its mother or father so it is the normal thing for the children of GOD to call on their FATHER. The gifts and callings which the LORD gives to his children are varied in scope and application but all of HIS children, without exception, share this common trait. Satan may often rob the LORD’s people of comfort, he may even sift us as wheat, but he can never destroy this innate gift that we all have been given to call out to our heavenly FATHER.
Prayer is essentially worship, (see Acts 16:13), and one must begin to pray with that in mind. Our LORD gave us that example in HIS model prayer when HE began by saying "Our FATHER which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name". (Mat.6:9). But prayer also includes praise, thanksgiving, and intercession or supplication (asking). Because we are such needy people, most of our time in prayer is spent in the latter endeavor. GOD has been so gracious to recognize our need and has encouraged and even admonished us to be bold in our approach to HIM when we ask. (see Heb.4:16; Jas.4:2) Quite often our prayers seem to fall back to the earth without effect. Prayer always produces results, but those results are not necessarily what we want. (see II Cor.12:7-
A fervent prayer begins with a fervent pray-
Fervent prayer is focused on a particular request. Elijah prayed for rain. It is very common to hear men pray what I call "shotgun prayers" which are prayers that attempt to include everyone but don"t center on anyone. An example would be to pray for all the missionaries at home and abroad, help everyone who is sick and afflicted, keep everybody safe and meet everybody’s needs. Such a prayer is weak at best, because it has no focal point and is not the outpouring of a heart in touch with specific needs. Our LORD did not pray for all men but for those who were given to HIM by the FATHER. (see Jn.17:9-
Fervent prayer demands fervent pray-
Fervent prayer requires us to discern the will of GOD. Elijah was given a prophecy and he prayed that that prophecy would come to pass. Prayer which is according to the will of GOD must be answered. "And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us." (1 John 5:14). We do not always know what the will of GOD is. We must pray fervently to discover it. When we have that discernment, then we can pray with power. We often add the little refrain, "if it is your will" to our prayers because we are too lazy to seek it out, so we add it in just to cover all the bases, saving us effort, and giving us an easy excuse when our prayer was not heard. When we act in this fashion we are almost certain not to have the things that we ask. GOD may not always be pleased to reveal HIS will to us but I believe HE always desires that we seek to know it and see it accomplished in the earth. (see Mat. 6:10; Jer.33:3)
Fervent prayer ultimately requires us to wait on the LORD. The answer to Elijah’s prayer came according to the LORD’s timetable, not one minute sooner, not one minute later. Faith and fervent prayer go hand in hand. Where you find one you will find the other. Brethren, "Pray without ceasing!" (I Thes. 5:17)