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James tells us the story of Elijah, saying that Elijah was a man of like passions as we are who pray earnestly (James 5:16).
When Elijah prayed, he prayed with earnestness and fervency. When he finished praying there was no rain on the earth for three and half years.
Prayer is one of the most precious intimacies we are able to experience with Abba Father.
I find it really amazing that we can pray about any and everything (according to Papa’s will) and get answers to all those prayers.
Having grown up in the church, I did not always understand prayer.
When I started to study the bible for myself, the finished work of Jesus stood out to me. I realized that prayer isn’t about constant asking, or begging God to do something. I started to learn that there is effective prayer, or praying with tangible results.
God has made everything available to us that pertains to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).
Through fellowship with Him we begin to experience prayer as Abba intends, effectively.
Earnestness is very important in prayer. For the New Testament believer, Jesus has finished everything. But there are specifics that only God knows. Like what is the best direction to follow in areas of our lives like jobs, finances, and relationships. Such things God reveals to us when we fellowship in prayer.
There are times of prayer when it is important to get away from distractions so that our only meditation is going boldly before the throne of grace. Put away the phones and turn off the television. Focus on Jesus. Who He is and what He finished on the cross.
Also, exercise fervency (or emotional investment) in prayer. Pouring out the heart, mind, body and soul into the prayer.
We may find we have cares we have not cast on Him, and those cares may distract us from experiencing fellowship with Him.
According to Easton’s Bible Dictionary, fellowship with God consists in knowing His will, agreeing with His designs, enjoyment of His presence, conformity to His image and participation of His felicity.
As we fellowship with God (being earnest and fervent), He will show us great and mighty things we’ve never imagined. He will open our eyes to see His reality. Making us aware of His will and conforming us to His image.
Lately, I’ve found myself enjoying the time I spend in prayer. The Lord has this amazingly inexplicable way of filling me up with joy and laughter in prayer. So I’m always looking forward to prayer.
When we pray effectively, prayer will always produce results. The results that God has foreordained to produce through us. It is not about us trying to produce results but God producing His desired outcome in and through us.
May you stay forever blessed.