“The effectual FERVENT prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16). - It is not the arithmetic of our prayers, how many they are: nor the rhetoric of our prayers, how eloquent they are; nor the geometry of our prayers, how long they be; nor the music of our prayers, how sweet our voice may be; nor the logic of our prayers, how argumentative they may be; nor the method of our prayers, how orderly they may be -- which God cares for. FERVENCY of spirit is that which avails much. – anonymous
What a blessing that God wants to hear from us. And not in some ritualistic, perfunctory way, but with warmth or intensity of feeling; ardor; zeal; fervor.
Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints… (Eph. 6:18).
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer (Rom. 12:12).
And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers (Acts 2:42).
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving (Col. 4:2).
“Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matt. 26:41).
And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of Him (1 John 5:14-15).
“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words” (Matt. 6:7).
“Whatever you ask in My name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it” (John 14:13-14).
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God (Phil. 4:6).
Time spent in prayer is never wasted. As F. B. Myer said, “The greatest tragedy in life is not unanswered prayer, but unoffered prayer.”
Have you talked with God lately? In good times, bad times, hard times, pleasant times, in joy, in sorrow, pray; and pray fervently! Pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:12).