“Therefore, confess your sins to one another [your false steps, your offenses], and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored. The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) is able to accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].”
James 5:16 AMP
One of the laws in prayer is engaging your emotions. This means pouring out your heart to God in the place of prayer.
Apostle James called this prayer a heartfelt prayer. It means investing your emotions into the prayer, so much that you do not care about time, what’s going on around you, or what you are wearing.
Hannah is an example of someone who invested her emotions in prayer. Her emotion was so invested in prayer that Eli thought she was drunk. When she was asked if she had been drinking, her response was that she had been pouring out her heart to the Lord.
“Must you come here drunk?” he demanded. “Throw away your wine!”
“Oh no, sir!” she replied. “I haven’t been drinking wine or anything stronger. But I am very discouraged, and I was pouring out my heart to the Lord.”
1 Samuel 1:14-15 (NLT)
Most times, we are too focused on the other aspects of prayer, like speaking in tongues or posture, which are very important too. But we need to realize that this aspect of emotion is an extra ingredient in prayer that really gets the job done.
A heartfelt prayer avails much.
“…The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
James 5:16 (NKJV)
“Ischuo” is the native word for “avail” in the Greek lexicon and it means “to prevail gloriously”. It describes a kind of strength that overcomes resistance while securing the object. On a simple note, it means to win a battle without having any form of damage.
This word was used twice in Acts 19. The first time was when the seven sons of Sceva tried to cast out a demon without having authority in the name of Jesus (They were not saved). The Bible informs us in verse 16, that the demon pounced on them and prevailed over them. That is, it stopped every form of resistance they had and beat them to a pump!
The word “Ischuo” was used the second time in the same Acts 19, to show how much prevalence the word of God had against all odds.
“So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.”
Acts 19:20 (KJV)
A heartfelt prayer prevails! But first, it has to prevail in you. Your prayer has to first move you before it can move anything at all.
Invest your emotions in the place of prayer today!