“Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;”
You’re more likely to have better results praying enthusiastically for one hour than you will praying in a cold, indifferent manner for several hours. James 5:16b says that ‘the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.’
Yesterday, we talked about what it means to be effectual; to continue and persevere in the place of prayer. Today, we are moving beyond how long you should pray, to how you should pray. Notice the word ‘fervent’ here. It means that your prayers must be enthusiastic and intense.
Know that the goal is for prayer to get a hold of your soul. If your prayer is not intense, it cannot change you. And remember that the purpose of prayer isn’t not just about what it does for you, it’s also about what it does in you.
The bible admonishes us in Romans 12:11 to be fervent in spirit; serving the Lord. You cannot afford to be found wanting in this regard.
You can take some notes from Jesus prayer in Mat 26:39: “And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.”
Imagine what it must have taken for a full grown man to fall on his face while praying! Do not be deceived, fervency is noticeable. Don’t just pray emotionless prayers; put your emotions into it. You’re talking to the love of your life who gave his life for you!
Speak audibly, this will help you avoid distractions and focus fully on your prayer time. Jesus, the Apostles, the early Christians, even the prophets of old, prayed audibly. That’s why even in books not written by them, their prayers are recorded. Others could hear them pray.