Summary: Prayer that brings results must be based on the Word of God. God’s Word is a seed that produces a harvest when sown.
Effective Fervent Prayer
James 5:16 - The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
We have the assurance that all our prayers will be answered. James gives us an indication of what fervent effective prayers can produce.
James 5:17 - “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.” God has provided us with a supernatural resource that can effectively and positively shape our future and destiny.
1. Be persistent
Luke 18:1-8 - “And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying,” Avenge me of my adversary." And he would not for awhile: but afterward he said within himself,”
Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubles me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me." And shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though He bear long with them?”
2. Forgive others
Mark 11:25 - “And when you stand praying, forgive, if you have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” Pray without ceasing
1 Thessalonians5:17 - “Pray without ceasing.”
3. Pray in tongues
1 Corinthians 14:2 - “But he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no-one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.” “For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit.”
4. Pray the Word
Hebrews 4:12 - For the word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Prayer that brings results must be based on the Word of God. God’s Word is a seed that produces a harvest when sown.
Ephesians 4:29 - Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
Isaiah 55:11 -So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
5. Prayers of confession
Proverbs 28:13 - He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.
James 5:16 - Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
James 5:16- Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
Confession breaks the power of the devil.
Follow these steps:
- Recognize and put the sin into words
- Repent and turn away from that sin
- Renounce any level of demonic activity that has occurred as a result of the sin