A Passion for Prayer
There is no force greater than the power or prayer. And that very power has been given to us, the Christian.  As a follower of Christ and the believer of the Word of God, we can access that power at anytime. If we truly understand the power behind Prayer, it will always be our first response to any given situation. We need to commit everything to prayer, before we take action or move forward with any decision In the latter part of James 5 16: it states, “The effectual fervent prayer of the righteous avails much.” 

Our prayers should always be effectual; which means producing or able to produce a desired effect. To be effectual, we need to always pray the Word of God. God’s word targets what we are in need of. Our own words or thoughts on a situation, should never take precedence over what God has to say about it. God’s word will never return void but will always produce that which is has set out to accomplish. Isaiah 55:11

Prayer is emotional, intense and sincere. It can be animated, it can be shouted, or it can be whispered, but it is always powerful!  When we pray fervently, we are praying with great passion, knowing full well that God hears us and He answers. And, we are encouraged to pray without ceasing. How is that even possible? God knows we have responsibilities, we can’t be in our prayer closet all day!  Yes, we can!  Because prayer is an attitude of the heart. The posture of prayer is up to you. And you can take it anywhere. Your thoughts never shut off, so your thoughts can be prayerful thoughts. 

Pray continually for others. Start with family, then friends, neighbors, your pastors and their families, co-workers, supervisors or customers. What about those sitting around you in church? Ask God who He would have you to pray for. He will show you. Don’t be surprised if they even call you!!  Prayer is not something you do, it’s who you are! 

Have you ever prayed for others while driving? Start by looking at those driving run- down cars and pray for them. Don’t judge them, just ask God to help them, to bless them, to heal them, to change their direction and give them wisdom, so finances can flow into their household. Pray for favor for better jobs, promotions, witty inventions. Ask God to prosper them. And if it’s July and Christmas lights are still up on homes, pray for them. Something isn’t righ in that home. Perhaps the man of the home has departed, maybe there is sickness in the family, maybe they need to work extra jobs and they're exhausted at the end of the day.  Just pray!

So yes, we can pray continually! When you open your eyes every morning, prayer should be your first thought, your first words. Speak to God, early in the morning; Let him bless your day.  And Pray with confidence. As a follower of Jesus Christ, we have the Holy Spirit dwelling inside us. If we believe this to be true, then how could we not be confident about coming humbly before the Lord with our requests? 

John 5:14-14 “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.”

So Pray fervently, with confidence, because it’s effectual and HE HEARS US!!

Patty Berardesco

Director of Prayer Ministries

Chad Hall