May 7th is National Day of Prayer in the USA. We must experience a great involvement of prayer in various opportunities by God’s Church. There must be heart-felt repentance first and foremost, as per 2 Chronicles 7:14:
“If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
But after humbled repentance before the LORD, there must be a warrior’s heart to fight the good fight!
1) “ . . . The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16b)
“Fervent” is translated in the Greek from “energeo”, which means: “to be active” “be mighty in” “to be at work” “to be effective” “to produce”.
This implies that a praying person, in right standing with God, will be effective as he applies much effort in the time praying.
2) “Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.” (Colossians 4:12)
Allow me to draw your attention to the words, “laboring fervently”. From the Greek, “agonizomai”, which means “to struggle” “to compete for a prize” “to contend with an adversary” “to fight, labor, wrestle for” “to exert oneself” “to strive earnestly” “to carry on a war”.
Beloved, be honest with yourself and with God, how much of your prayer life could be defined in these ways? The greatest missing element in the average believer’s praying is the fight. . the contending . . . the “standing in the gap” for . . . the ask and keeping on asking, the seek and keeping on seeking, the knock and keeping on knocking! Our world needs more fighters on their knees, for the Kingdom’s sake, and the sake of a needy world! Come on church, Pray On!
About Pastor Jerry McCullah
Pastor of Green Valley Bible Chapel 2005- Present
Prayer Consultant for California Southern Baptist Convention 2001- Present
Founder and President of Impact Prayer International 1999 – Present
Teaching and encouraging intimate relationships with Jesus Christ in churches through seminars, prayer revivals, concerts of prayer, prayer retreats, and more.
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