HEARTFELT PRAYER

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“…The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]”

(James 5:16).

 

In the sixth chapter of the book of Acts, we are told that administrative responsibilities began to increase in the Church, as such, more hands were needed. It is for this reason that Peter said: “…look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business”(Acts 6:3). It is intriguing that Peter expected that the people know those who were full of the Holy Ghost! Friend, fervency is discernible.

 

Never allow anyone trick you into thinking that emotions don’t count. We learn a huge lesson from the Lord Jesus’ prayer at Gethsamane. The Bible says: “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. (Mathew 26:39).

 

He fell to the ground not because he tripped. Those intense emotions were for nothing else but prayer. Have you learnt to invest your emotions while praying? Do you kneel, lie on the ground or weep? Today’s text informs us that prayer should be heartfelt. That’s something imbibe.

 

Whenever it is time to pray, it is time to pray. Put your emotions into what you are doing. Pray audibly. Hinder your mind from wondering. Most importantly, expect to prevail!

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