From Fathers Heart To Yours
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Effectual Fervent Prayer

While sitting on my porch watching the rain fall, I was so thankful for the rain. Anyone who has ever been through a drought as we as we were last year just has to be grateful to see it rain.
As I watched, I remembered the stories that I had read of the great man of God in South Africa, Angus Buchan. He tells of the many places he had been both at home and abroad, where they needed rain. When he would preach the gospel of Jesus, Angus would then pray for rain and God sent it every time. It happened so often that he and the others began to call Jesus the weather man. He is of course able to make it rain or in some cases withhold the rain as He did in the days of Elijah.
It is and has always been God's will to bless us and for us to have fruitful seasons. This is one of the ways that He testifies of Himself and His work in our lives. (Acts 14:17). However, there have been times when people would not listen to God and follow His ways. In such cases, God sometimes would withhold this blessing of rain as He did in the days of Elijah the prophet. This was God dealing with His covenant people who had turned aside to follow other gods.
Elijah prayed and the rain stopped for three and a half years. He prayed again and the rain came in abundance. When rain is not coming as it should, I always ask God about my own obedience and the obedience of His people. It is very important that we follow in the ways of God and faith. Our obedience or disobedience affects everybody.
When looking at scripture, James tells us to be people who pray like Elijah did. It's called effectual and fervent. It is that our prayers be heartfelt, consistent, and continual. That is when we pray, we should be instructed and led by the Holy Spirit as to what to pray for and how to pray for it. We must have faith for without faith it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6). We must stay with it until our answer comes, as Elijah did when he kept sending his servant to look for the clouds. (2 Kings 18:11-46).
This kind of praying we are told will gain forgiveness for sins, restoration for the backslider, healing for the sick, deliverance from affliction. (James 5:13-20).
Now you and I know that in this life and especially in the world we live in today, we all have all things and much more to deal with on a continual basis. Now it seems to me that if troublesome things are being tossed at us hard, consistent, and continual that our prayer life should measure up to the challenge.
Often times we find ourselves getting weary with these persistent waves of tormenting, destructive attempts to get us to lay down and quit. This is not the will of God for us, neither is it His way. He gave us an avenue of hope and victory. That is that in the name of Jesus we can run to God in prayer and always find that we are accepted, heard, and receive answers. (Heb 4:16).
If Elijah could pray that way and the Apostles could pray that way and the scriptures tell us that this kind of praying will get great and mighty responses from God, then don't you think that God's people should be praying this way?
I'm seeing God move in such mighty and miraculous ways in people's lives. Souls are being saved, the sick are being healed, the oppressed are being delivered, families are being restored. These are the things that God said would happen when the Gospel is preached and His people pray the effectual, fervent prayer of faith.
All this can happen for you, when you pray!