“The effectual fervent prayers of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16 KJV
I love words. Especially strong words. That is why when I read this verse, the word “Fervent” stood out to me. I wanted to know why the word fervent was used in this verse about prayer and why it was important.
Let’s look at this verse with fervent eye’s. The word fervent means “enthusiastic.” Some of the synonyms of fervent include: zealous, passionate and intense.
One of my biggest goals for this year is to have a stronger, deeper, more effectual prayer life. I am tired of keeping my prayers on the surface, glossing over the deep issues that are festering in my life and affecting my family. I am learning what it means to have an effectual fervent prayer life. Are you in?
I love it when my friend Tina and I get together. I know that when we talk we can go deep and connect at a hearts level every time. We don’t know the meaning of “idle chit-chat” everything we talk about is discussed with zeal, passion, and intensity. It could be our meal plan for the week or a teenager that went down a wrong path, we really, really talk deeply about all of it.
That is also how my discussions with God are. I can go deep with Him, and I connect instantly. I can pray fervently about anything, it does not matter if I am praying about my ice maker not working or a son that is struggling with life choices.
If we go back a few verses in James to verse 13 we can see that James encourages us to pray in all circumstances, “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. What about cheerfulness? Or sickness? Or sin? Let him pray.” He is showing us that all prayer matters and all prayer is effective. God hears his people and acts on our behalf.
God is the author of all words, and I believe there are deep meaning and intent for every word in His book. The fact that the word fervent is used in this context is not a mistake. It is an encouragement to us to say that when a man prays an effectual fervent prayer, a prayer that is zealous, intense or passionate, it has great power.
What will your fervent prayers be about this week? How can you go deeper in your prayer life? Let me pray for us that we would have a more effectual fervent prayer life.
Heavenly Father we love our time with you, and we ask for your forgiveness for the times we gloss over the deeper issues in our path. Please Lord, help us in our weakness to become influential in our voice to ask with a boldness that which you have laid on our hearts to pray with zealous passion. Lord, hear my prayers. Amen
If you would like to join me in my online Bible Study of the book “Fervent” by Priscilla Shirer, click HERE