“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16b KJV
For something to be described as effectual, it has to be successful in producing a desired or intended result. It is noteworthy that James describes the prayer of a believer as effective and producing results.
Yet, this is not the experience of some believers today. Many pray and it seems as though there is no response from heaven.
In today’s devotional, we would be looking at three reasons why this might be the case.
In Chapter 4 of the same book, James gives us the first reason why we may not see results when we pray.
James 4:3 NLT says “And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.”
In prayer, our goal should be consecration – aligning ourselves to the will of God. The ‘why’ is as important as the ‘what’. We shouldn’t only pray to see what we desire, we should pray to align with the desires of God.
Secondly, we don’t see results when we are not fervent. To be fervent means to display passionate intensity.
Passionate prayer is visible to the observing eye. Hanna, in 1 Samuel 1:10 -13, prayed so fervently that because of her posture the priest confused her for a drunk.
You cannot be talking to a Father you deeply love about things you’re deeply concerned about and be emotionless.
Thirdly, we do not see results when we are not persistent. Take the prophet Elijah as an example. In 1 Kings 18:42-44, he prayed seven times before he received an answer. Imagine if he had not persisted; the famine in the land would have continued.
Brethren, our prayers are effective when we fervently and persistently pray the will of God. Do the needful and watch your prayer life produce more results.
Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 9:51-62, 1 Thessalonians 2:10-20, Psalms 137, I Chronicles 29