The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much (James 5:16b)
Are you growing weak in prayer? Are you growing tired of all of this? Do you see the finish line, yet, you look around and want to give up because everything seems to be going to down anyway, despite your best - in worship, prayer, intercession, outreach, caring for the saints (and those who ain't)? Don't give up. Now is the time to step it up a notch.
Today's exhortation in pray is found in the key word, which I am led to put out there. That word is FERVENT, which means (according to Webster) - having a passionate, burning desire or enthusiasm for something. Fervency before God counts in the hour of prayer and finds a speedy and rich reward at God's Hands (EM Bounds)! The spiritual warfare around is raging and we cannot afford to retreat, sit on our hands, sit on past victories or just offer up lifeless prayers. The violent take the kingdom on the other side, we are need to respond to their spiritual aggression with passion for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Who gives the victory if we approach Him in the way He loves. The Son loved the Father tremendously, let us now pray and walk in that fashion, if we wish to continue to take the hills for our families and the nation, in Jesus Name, amen.
Father, I stand right now, with the Holy Spirit and His promptings and with the very Armies of Heaven, Who are prepared to battle for Your people if we just ask and stay focused on pressing in with the fire of Your Holiness. I pray for the strength to never let this fire flicker but long may it blaze and energize me daily to stay focused on winning with Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of Our Faith, Who for the Joy set before Him, endured the Cross, beat death and hell and the Devil and then called us over to join in the Triumphant procession with Him. It is in His Name I ask for fuel for the day, amen and amen!
SOME ENCOURAGING WORDS FROM THE LORD:
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5, ESV).
“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ” (Isaiah 41:10, ESV)
Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered.
Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows. (Luke 12:7, ESV)
“The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous,
And his ears toward their cry.”(Psalms 34:15, ESV)