The move of the Spirit

June 8: The Prayer that Works

James 5:16

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray for one another that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

John 16:23

“And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.”


God wants you to have answers to prayers. He doesn’t want you to seek Him in vain. Isaiah 45:19 tells us “I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the Lord speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.” God said He never said to the descendants of Jacob to seek Him in vain. God has not said to seek Him in vain. But you must know how to pray the prayer that works. Today’s opening verse tells us that the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. The Amplified Version puts it this way: “…. the heartfelt, continued, prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available, which is dynamic in its working.” Firstly, the prayer that works is that which is prayed in faith, according to the Word of God. God is not committed to answer any prayer that is contrary to His will. He will only answer prayers prayed according to His will. Therefore make sure to pray according to the provision in the Word. Amen!

Secondly, prayers must be rendered unto God with fervency – an outburst of a heartfelt desire. Prayer is not prayer until desire is involved. Mark 11:24 tells us that whatsoever we desire when we pray, we must believe that we receive them, and we shall have them. Desire according to the Word starts off prayer. You must have a heartfelt, boiling desire for what you are asking God for. When prayer is prayed in faith according to God’s Word, and with a heartfelt desire, it makes tremendous power available that is dynamic in its working. Don’t pray to God just with your lips. Don’t pray just with your words. Pray in faith, and pray with boiling point fervency erupting from your heart to the Lord; and God will answer you! Amen!

The easiest way to well up desire for what you require of the Lord is to meditate on the Word that promises that thing, and see yourself possessing it. You must see answers to prayers before you see them in physical manifestation. When you see the end from the beginning, then your faith and desire can go through the process to get there.

My Solid Front (Confession): In the Name of Jesus Christ, I declare that my prayer life is effective and powerful in Jesus’ Name. I pray from the Word and with fervent desire from my heart to the Lord. I walk in the light of the Word and prosper in my prayer life. Amen.

Further Meditation: Mark 11:22-24; Matthew 7:7-11.

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