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Fervency in Prayer

Posted by Pastor Szekely on August 20, 2008

“…The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

James 5:16

 

 The Apostle James [as he’s called in Gal 1:19] DOES NOT tell us “the prayers” of God’s people avail much…no…he says, the “EFFECTUAL FERVENT PRAYER” of a righteous man avails much!

 

The words effectual fervent have been translated from one Greek word, energeo [en-erg-eh’-o], and it means to work in effectually; to be mighty in – to have energy and to be energetic! God tells us through James that if His children’s prayers are going to “avail much”, and if the prayers of the people of God will “move the Arm that moves the world”, it will have to be by the “effectual fervent” [energetic] prayers of the people of God!

 

Please note: We have no power to control God…

-We cannot dictate to Him nor can we command Him…

-We cannot resist Him in the execution of His purposes…

 BUT: we may humbly ask Him for what we desire…

AND [it gets even better!] God graciously tells us in James 5:16 that such asking will have much effect for our own good and for the good of our fellow-men!

 

If there’s anything that can prevail with God, it has to be prayer…humble, fervent, and earnest petitioning!

 

WHERE’S THE FERVENCY IN OUR PRAYERS?

 

Where’s the “worked in and worked up” praying that God says will avail so much with Him? Where’s the energy, earnestness, and sincerity that’s boiling so hot in us that we MUST commune with our God? That’s the praying we need to do…that’s the praying we need to have!

 

HOW CAN WE GET IT?

 

How can we go from “prayer” to “the effectual fervent prayer”? Just 4 thoughts briefly…

 

1. There must be DESPARATION

 

When was the last time YOU were desparate for:

-The POWER of God?

-The PRESENCE of God?

-The PROMISES of God?

-The PEACE of God?

-The PERFECTION of God?

[Jesus said in Matt 5:48, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” Perfect means complete, pure, holy]

 

When was the last time YOU had a deep-felt, desperate need for these things from God? That would also have been the last time you had effectual fervent prayer.

 

2. There must be CONVICTION

 

Many don’t have Holy-Ghost conviction on their lives. Many don’t know the conviction that prevents sleep, produces misery, and points to Calvary!

 

Where’s the conviction that comes when we pray for souls? It seems that nothing happens when we pray…Why? Well, it might be:

1. We’ve become cold…

2. We’ve become careless or we “care less”…

3. We’ve become corrupted by the world…

4. We’ve become comfortable in the world…

 

Are we – are YOU – really convinced that souls are going to Hell? When was the last time in praying for a lost soul that God broke your heart and tears ran down your face for that soul?

 

*CONVICTION will bring us from “prayer” to “effectual fervent prayer”!

 

3. There must be INTERCESSION

 

Why don’t we intercede on behalf of others, as we should? Could it be that:

 

1. We’re satisfied with things we have and of who we are?

2. We really don’t see the need to pray?

3. We really don’t have the heart to pray?

 

Start interceding for someone else. Start going to God on someone else’s behalf. Philippians 2:4 says, “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others“. Do you see the great need for it? Do you have the heart for it? To be a true intercessor for others will bring about effectual fervent prayer!

 

4. There must be COMPASSION

 

I read of a pastor one time that God used to plant a church in the middle of a tough, inner city. When asked how it was done, he replied, “Wet eyes, bent knees, and a broken heart.”

 

Jude 22, “And of some have compassion, making a difference”.

 

When you have compassion, it shows that:

1. You believe in Hell…

2. You believe in the coming judgment…

3. You believe in the brevity of life…

4. You have concern for the souls of men…

 

And therefore, COMPASSION will bring you from “prayer” to “effectual fervent prayer”!

 

 

Are you ready to pray…effectually fervently…will all humility / energy / sincerity?

 

Are you ready to “work out” with God what God has already “worked in” with you?

 

PRAY…JUST PRAY!

 

 

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That Secret Place of Prayer

Posted by Pastor Szekely on December 12, 2007

And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: 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 unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

As you read Matthew 6:5-6, you find yourself in the middle of the Lord’s Sermon on the Mount. The subject that Jesus is preaching on in these verses is PRAYER!

I think it’s real interesting to note that Moses in the Law didn’t give command or regulation in regard to prayer, and even the prophets say little when it comes to the direct duty of prayer. So then how fitting is it that the revelation of a prayer-life is found in the message of the Lord Jesus Christ! I think it’s awesome…“Lord, teach us to pray”!

We see from the Lord’s message that prayer is expected AND anticipated. In verses 5 and 6 we read the repeated words from Christ “when thou prayest”. So it’s not, “IF you pray”, but  it’s “WHEN you pray”! The relationship we have with our Lord requires us to pray because our God desires from us communion with Him.

Prayer ClosetNow a good teacher needs a classroom, wherever that may be. And if the Lord will be our Teacher and if He will teach us to pray, He too needs a classroom: “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet” (vs6). God wants us to find a fixed spot – a private place – where we can daily meet with Him! That spot may be anywhere…It may change from day to day…But what CANNOT change is that we have a daily quiet time in which we place ourselves in His presence!

DO YOU HAVE THIS TIME WITH GOD DAILY or DOES THIS LACK WITH YOU?

Many of you – and I – truly believe that the Bible is the Truth, that it is the very Words of God. It is not hard to believe that we have the Truth, but what is hard is being faithful with the Truth! What’s lacking with us?

Pray!We hear of other beliefs that we would label pagan and not of God, but those followers of false gods will be devout and pray 3 to 5 times every day! They’ll stop what they’re doing and make their time in prayer an important time of their day and life. But for many a Christian, he will not even have a daily, secret place of prayer and quiet time with the True God and Saviour. Again I must ask: WHAT’S LACKING WITH US?

It just might be that we really don’t see why God calls us to the closet! Other beliefs are devout in communing with their gods…but why does the Only True and Living God call us to a secret place of prayer daily?

I. Because that’s where we’ll have His Presence!

 

How many times in verse 6 alone is “thy Father” mentioned? It’s repeated twice by Jesus, so it must be important for us to know!

You’re prayer closet ought never to be dark…because the Light of His Presence should shine forth!

You’re approach into your prayer closet ought never to be dull…because every petition and every praise will be from a child unto the Father!

Your attitude must be “I must meet my Father”! This ought to be our daily desire!

WHY does God call us to the closet?

 

II. Because that’s where we’ll have our Privacy!

 

vs6 – “…and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret

 

God is One who hides Himself from the carnal eye, and He calls us to a “separation” from the world and from all the things going on around us so we can have that 1-on-1 time with Him! Just think about THAT…alone with God…why don’t we, or why wouldn’t we, take advantage of that?

 

WHY does God call us to a secret place of prayer daily?

 

 III. Because that’s where we’ll find our Prosperity!

 

vs6 – “…and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly

 

 James says, “Ye have not because ye ask not”! Why don’t we see the Mighty Hand of God move in magnificent ways? Our closets are empty therefore making our lives and service empty! Remember in Hebrews 11:6, “…and He is a rewarder of them that diligently…” We can have prosperity in God’s Will from the prayer closet because we’re trusting and giving over all our needs to the great love and power of our Heavenly Father!

 

Do YOU have a secret place of prayer? Do you have a daily quiet time alone with God? Go to God in Prayer and ThankfulnessWhy wouldn’t we when in “the closet” we will find God’s Presence, a “1-on-1” Private time alone with Him, and true prosperity in His Will?

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