“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that he may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
The words “effectual fervent” are translated from the Greek word, energeō, which means to be at work, to put forth power, or to display one’s activity. The word itself sounds like energy, doesn't it? God wants us to put energy into our prayers! He wants us to pray with power without wavering in our belief that our God can supply whatever the need!
“But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”
When the righteous actively pray, God promises that much can happen. We just need to believe that He will accomplish that which He pleases.
“And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
In order to pray effectually and fervently, we must first believe that God is Able. He is Able to heal the sick. He is Able to supply the need. He is Able to direct our paths. He is Able to save that soul. He is Able!
Before we even bow our head, or utter the first word of our prayer, we must believe in the God Who answers prayer, and His ability to provide for us. His ears are open to our cry. He knows our need before we even ask. Believe in His provision. Believe in His unfailing ability to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.
Endeavor today to pray effectually and fervently. Put energy behind your prayers, and patiently wait for God to move in your situation!
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