“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” James 5:16
Fervent means your prayer keeps at work. Is your prayer life full of health and vigor? Is it ‘at work’?
The goal of our prayer life should be inward conformity to the mind of God, to His leading. It’s not just about taking His promises and trying to use them to make Him do what we want. We should learn to pray the promises in the Word by the prompting of the Spirit. If we do, our lives will be marked by compassion displayed in boldness. The Spirit prompts us to move and gives us the strength to carry out God’s will with boldness.
“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:15-16
“…according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.” Ephesians 3:11-12
These verses deal with our position with God. Do we really believe He has us? Do we believe we can come boldly to Him and act boldly in His name? How we pray generally reveals what we really believe.
Christ made atonement for our sin nature. We don’t have to continually apologize for what’s already been covered. We should feel no shame in His presence. Our prayer life falls short if we’re focused on our inadequacies or feel we have to say ‘thank you’ or ‘sorry’ enough for things. Our prayer life is about experiencing His presence and tuning in to His Spirit.
We must learn to walk in a humble boldness – not an arrogant boldness – but confidence that God will work through us as we avail ourselves to Him.
Throughout history, the people who’ve seen God move mightily are the people who have dedicated themselves to prayer.
How fervent, how deeply are you pursuing a move of God?
If you feel like You’ve never been led by the Spirit, it’s nothing more complicated than giving Him a few minutes a day and asking Him for His presence. The clarity that comes, the peace, the direction is a result of your allowing the Spirit to lead.
So again, we come to this question: Is your prayer life full of health and vigor? Is it ‘at work’?