Effectual Fervent Prayer
“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
Critical Components of Effectual Fervent Prayer (relationship with Jesus is assumed) :
Humility before God and man are essential to effectual fervent prayer. Living in light of an accurate perspective of who God is and who we are is the very definition of Christ-like humility.
“Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.” Psalm 100
In our everyday living, breathing, working, God often becomes an afterthought as little by little we start to forget His face. We forget that it is He who has made us and not we ourselves. In our heart of hearts, the Kingdom of God becomes like unto a distant memory we can’t quite recall, and this mortal realm becomes more our reality than the spirit realm for which we were created.
At the end of the day when we finally bow our head to pray there may be a disconnect. Worse yet someone asks us to pray in the middle of the day, and we close our eyes, open our mouth, and find that God feels distant or absent.
Meditating on God’s word throughout the day is essential for the believer. It helps maintain a right perspective of God and self. One of the first steps to fervent and effectual prayer is existing in light of Gods existence. Stay connected to the true vine. Remember He is the vine and we are the branches.
Pride is an Effective Fervent Prayer killer! Pride will have one thinking he/she is the vine and everyone else is the branches. This makes it hard to ask for forgiveness from man or God. When one is puffed up with pride he/she can’t see around self to see God. Not only must one be willing to admit wrongdoing but one also must be willing to forgive others; a feat which is impossible to accomplish with pride.
Christian, we are called to forgive as Christ forgives. Forgiving like Christ forgives means it is as though the offense never happened. Not to say that we catch amnesia and no longer recall the sin against us but more so that we choose to love the offender as though they never hurt us. Christ-like forgiveness is a work of the Holy Spirit, and it is essential for, Effectual Fervent Prayer. In addition to this, we must submit ourselves to others for forgiveness.
Confession is a forgotten discipline today namely because it requires one to sit in the seat of vulnerability. Confession is necessary for believers who want to walk in victory. Yes, we confess our sins before God, but when we have sinned against a brother or a sister, it should not be so uncommon that we also confess our sins to them. This is real Christianity.
David Guzik puts it this way:
Christianity is a confession made with both the mouth and with the life. The word “confession” means, “to say the same thing.” When we confess our sin, we “say the same” about it that God does. In regard to salvation, all Christians “say the same thing” about their need for salvation and God’s provision in Jesus.
David Guzik Study Guide for Hebrews 3:1b
Unforgiveness and an offended heart are barriers to communion with God. We are a generation seeking intimacy with our maker and we are missing it on account of the pride of life that snuffs out hope of Christ-like forgiveness. Is it not our greatest joy to rest in God’s presence? Prayer is intimate. Prayer is sincere; if it’s not then, it’s not effectual. It’s not fervent…..(To Read More Download our FREE e-book)