Effectual Fervent Prayer

Effectual = efficient, powerful, active, strong

Fervent = earnest, zeal,

Prayer is not something we do as a religious act.  Jesus told us “and when you pray,
you shall not be as the hypocrites are (insincere, meaningless repetitions) for they love
to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be
seen of men. Verily, I say to you, they have their rewards (Matthew 6:5-8). When we
pray, we should expect an answer.  The Bible says in Matthew 7:7-8 “ask, and it shall
be given you, seek, and you shall find, knock, and it shall be opened to you: for every
one that asks, receives and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks, it shall be
opened”.

Paul in his letter to Philemon, unwraps how to become effectual, verse 6 “that the
communication of your faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good
thing which is in you in Christ Jesus”.  The same verse in the Amplified version of the
Bible says “(and I pray) that the participation in and sharing of your faith may produce
and promote full recognition and appreciation and understanding and precise
knowledge of every good thing that is ours in (our identification with Christ Jesus) and
unto His glory)”.  In other words in order to pray effectual fervent prayers, one must
have knowledge of every good thing that is ours in Christ Jesus.  In the letters of Paul,
you will note “in Him, in Christ, in Whom”, these are your promises, through the
covenant we have with God ratified by the shed blood of Jesus.  

Then you can decide what you want from God and then find scripture for it.  Example:  
Father your word says “by His stripes we are healed” so, I rebuke the ailment which is
trying to come upon me, and I cast it into the sea, in the name of Jesus.

As you ask God for what you want, you must believe you have it. Jesus tells us in John
15:7 “if you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it
shall be done to you”.  (I John 5:14-15).  Pray the Word for it is God’s will.  Pray
according to His will, His will is for you to pray in faith, (Mark 11:22-24) pray believing
you have received it and you shall have it.  Because you believe you have received it,
you don’t have to keep asking for it.  But because you believe you have it, you thank
God for it.

Pray the answer, not the problem.  Remember, Jesus said “your Father knows what you
have need of” (Matthew 6:32).  Pray the Word.  Example: if you need wisdom about
your finances, you would pray (James 1:5).  Father your word says if I lack wisdom, I
can ask of you Father God and it shall be given to me, so I thank you I now know how
to handle my finances.  

Meditate:  (Joshua 1:8). You must think on the promises wherein you base your faith
and see yourself with it.  Let every thought and desire, affirm that you have what you
asked of God.  This is the time, you have to stand on the word.

Don’t doubt (James 1:6-8).  Jesus told Jairus “be not afraid, only believe” (Mark 5:35-
36).  In this you notice that the ruler of the synagogue, didn’t say anything, this allowed
Jesus to do the miracle.  Most people, fall apart when the hear news like this.  When
you fall apart, you don’t allow God to come into your situation.  The Bible says “they
have not, because they ask not”.

Stand:  rest in the Word of God,  guard against every evil thought that comes into your
mind (II Corinthians 10:5) “casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts
itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the
obedience of Christ”.

Start praising God for what you believe you have received.  Psalms 100:1-5). We enter
into His gates and court with thanksgiving and praise, and in the presence of God there
is liberty.  Remember Jericho, the walls didn’t fall down until they shouted (Joshua 6:5
says “and it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn,
and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great
shout, and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every
man straight before him.”).

The reward:  (James 5:13-18) the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails
much.  Paul wrote that we can enter boldly to the throne of God.  We are redeemed
and the Bible says “let the redeemed of the Lord, say so”.

Study by: Harriet Bond
Date: January 31, 2006
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