There is a time to pray quietly and privately. However, there is also a time to pray fervently and corporately with loud acclaim, but what is prayer? It is talking to God, and listening while he talks to you. As saints of God and ministers of His word, we must have a lifestyle devoted to prayer. Luke 18:1b KJV states “… that men ought to always pray, and not to faint.” We should exhibit consistency in our relations with God. Praying daily and studying His word help cultivate a stronger relationship with God. Our prayers can be effective and AVAIL much. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16b KJV).
How do we pray effectively to yield great success? How do we exercise faith, believing that God will answer our prayers? “The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available (dynamic in its working)” (James 5:16b AMP).
What is fervent prayer? Prayer that is emotion ally intensified and passionate. James 5:16b teaches us how to enter into the supernatural realm. A fervent prayer is aggressive, strong, passionate, and targeted. Jesus prayed with much fervor. Hebrews 5:7 KJV states “Who in the days of is flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared.” There are times we have to pray out loud, powerfully and with deep passion. At times, we have to pray aggressively. Hannah , as recorded in 1 Samuel chapter 1, wept sore and made God a vow. We have to be consistent, just as the woman who went before the unjust judge, and was avenged (Luke 18:3-5 KJV). We are living in a time where the Church will be required to pray as never before. God has given us His Word and His Spirit; therefore, we are mighty in Him! Prayer is the key that unlocks the door to God’s power in our lives and the lives of others.
EFFECTIVELY, FERVENTLY PRAYING GOD’S WORD
Inspired by Bennie Mostert: Praying God’s Word
In the Word, God reveals his will. When we pray the Word, we pray God’s will. And when we pray according to the will of God, the word teaches us that God will answer. “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him” (1 John 5:14-15 KJV).
Books give knowledge and insight. However, when we read the Word of God, it brings faith. Therefore, when we pray His Word, the Word brings faith into our hearts. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17 KJV).
When we pray according to the Word, we come into line with God’s way. There is authority in the Word. When the Father created the universe, He created the Word through his Son. The Word spoke a word and there was light, life, people, and heavenly bodies. When we proclaim the Word in the spiritual realm, we call it out and, declare it, and The Word.”
There is power in the Word. The Word has power to give life and to recreate, because we appeal to the living Word which is capable of keeping its Word and give fulfillment to it. “So shall my word be that goeth 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” (Isaiah 55:11 KJV).
Pray God’s Word. In order to pray the right words, we must: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15 KJV).
The Word teaches us about God his character, being, power, omnipotence, capabilities and attributes. And it is when we understand God better that we can pray with more faith. Faith is as strong as the Person in whom we believe.
The many facets of praying God’s Word can be positively overwhelming at times. It behooves us to read the Bible which gives us the mode for deliverance. There is deliverance in the Word of God. This is not new to the saints. It is simply a reminder.
The things placed in the mind filter to the heart, and ultimately become part of the soul. Our minds must become Christ-like (Philippians 2:5- 6). Reading the Word gives us insight into the heart of God. We are changed, we are renewed, and we receive a right spirit…righteousness! WE CAN PRAY HIS WORD BECAUSE WE KNOW HIS WORD.
In closing, Bennie Mostert states in Praying God’s Word that many prayers can be found in the scriptures that were made by Moses, Abraham, Jacob, Hannah, David, Solomon, Jesus, Mary, the apostles, as well as many found in the Psalms and the songs in Revelation. As you read the Bible, mark the names of God throughout. These names reveal His character, His power and what He can and wants to do. When we pray, let us learn to call upon the names of the Lord who has made more than 7,000 promises to us throughout the Bible. Obtain a special “prayer” Bible and mark all the scriptural prayers.