• By Rev. Joseph A Bias

Effectual Fervent Prayer

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16

Effectual, Fervent Prayer

I don’t know about you, but when I hear those words my imagination takes me to a workout room where there are rows and rows of free weights and I’m exhausting myself with lifts, curls and presses, barely getting the weights up one more time to complete one set, while people all around me are pumping iron like they’re plastic toys. They are effectual and fervent and I’m just exhausted and spent.

But, I am convinced that is not what God intended for us when we are called to pray effectually and fervently. First, it’s not about exhausting ourselves physically, trying to muster up some outward emotional feeling. It is about being earnestly engaged with a level of desire and emotional connection that ushers from the heart rather than the head. It’s hard to pretend to care about something that you really don’t care about. We can all put on the “happy face” but that doesn’t move God. He knows our hearts.

In such times when we want to feel more earnestly engaged, but we just don’t, we can ask God the Father to stir up the fire of passion in us to really desire what He desires for us. Remembering that He is working in us both to will (to want to) and to do what pleases Him. It’s easy to pray fervently for things that we really want, but how do we pray effectually?


potentially effective; potentially successful in producing a desired or intended result

The effectual pray is one that carries with it the potential to produce what we are praying for. The question then is this. What has the potential to produce itself? The Word of God is that which has the potential to produce itself.

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11

God’s Word has gone out into the world. When we speak (pray) His Word back to Him, whatever that Word is, it does not return void. It returns having produced what it was intended to produce. God sent out the Word, “Light be!” and that Word retuned to Him as light coming into being. Jesus taught the disciples likewise that the Word is a seed that is sown in the heart and over time it will return a harvest of the fruit it potentially has in it as a seed. How many seeds are in an apple? How many apples are in a seed? Each seed has the potential to produce thousands of apples. Every Word of God has in it the potential to produce everything that He has promised. That is the effectualness of our prayers. When we pray and ask for anything on the basis of what God has promised He will do, then our prayers have the potential to produce exactly what we pray.

So, we can pray effectually and fervently for our loved one to be healed when we pray for that healing based on the promise of God the He desires above all that we prosper and be in health even as our souls prosper, and moreover He has declared thatby and withthe stripes that Jesus bore for us on the cross at Calvary, we wereand arehealed.

Consider these.

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5

Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” 1 Peter 2:24

Did you catch that? The all-encompassing truth is that we were healed at the cross even before we were born. Our healing was accomplished and finished for us just as our salvation was accomplished and finished for us through the suffering and death of Jesus Christ our Lord. We are saved by grace now and into the future by the suffering of Jesus and with the stripes He bore for us.

So, we pray our prayers effectually, based on that truth of God’s Word, and fervently from our hearts with confidence in the love of God that our loved one is healed in the name of Jesus, without entertaining any doubt, because God Himself has already declared it done and we believe Him.

Fervency = having or displaying a passionate intensity.

Being fervent is something that proceeds from our inner core, from our heart. We invest emotionally and passionately in those issues that we feel strongly about. For me it is injustice of all kinds, not the phony invented injustice that is charged against innocent people for political advantage.

The injustice that I abhor is sin that leads to death. THE DEVIL IS A LIAR! I hate sickness and disease. I hate harassment and indoctrination perpetrated on the young by evil people who hold authority over them. I hate people being falsely accused of being something they are not simply because those who disagree with their political or religious views think they have the right to bully them. I hate it when people are treated with disrespect and disdain because of the color of their skin or their political choice. I hate when people are marginalized or subjected to ridicule because they are poor or less privileged than those who “lord” over them.

I hate when people, especially children, are denied access to commonly available resources and privileges that others more “equal” than they enjoy daily. I hate when people blame God for the negative results of their foolish choices in their lives rather than taking responsibility for themselves and their actions. I hate when those who control the information media in this country abuse their constitutionally protected right to be a free press, by adopting a one sided advocacy for social/political thought and censor and vilify those who oppose their views.

God is fervent in His abhorrence of these things.

“These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.” Proverbs 6:16-19

A good barometer of your fervency is to measure the level or your passion for the things you love as compared to the things you hate. Knowing that, then measure the fervency of your prayers against the fervency of your love or hate. Love and hate are powerful feelings but they are both a measure of fervency. Fervency in prayer must engage our hearts and our minds.

The effectual fervency of our prayers avail much because in Jesus Christ it is already accomplished. What is your need today? Then, find in the Word the truth that encompasses your need and pray that for yourself.

Here are some sample prayers that are effectual.

Lets pray. You fill in the specific details.

For Healing

Heavenly Father we pray today for (_______) who has been diagnosed with (______). Our pray is that (__________) is healed in the name of Jesus. As Your Word has declared in Isaiah 53:5 and 1 Peter 2:24, that with and by the stripes of Jesus (______) is healed now as he/she was healed at Calvary in Jesus. So we declare by the authority of Your Word healing, health and wholeness over (________); that every trace of sickness must leave his/her body now and his/her health springs forth speedily now in the name of Jesus.

For Relief of Burdens

Now Father because Your Word says in Mark 11:22 and 23 “And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith,” we have faith in You Father God and we say to this mountain of debt this mountain of resistance to Your call on our hearts, this mountain of insufficiency, “Be removed and be cast far from us!” We declare all our debts paid in full and that we have a surplus to help to meet the needs of others.

For Provision (Sustenance)

And, Father because Your word says in Psalm 37:4-5 “Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass” we pray today for the desire in our hearts to (____________) and the provision and resources to see the fulfillment of the task to (_________________) that is before us.

We pray for energy, and strength to fulfill our callings and to bring Your kingdom’s purposes and plans to reality in our lives. We pray that You will be glorified in us and that You will grant us peace all around, the peace that passes all understanding.

And Finally we pray for our children

based on Your promise that:

“And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children. In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.” Isaiah 54:13-14

“Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.” Psalm 112:1-2

Our God is God. And His love for us is unchangeable and it will never be separated from us. He is the impetus for our fervency and His Word is the source of all that is effectual in our effectual, fervent prayers.



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