Sony’s Thoughts: Fervent Intercession
“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16b)
I’ve been wondering lately if the reason we don’t see God change more situations and circumstances is due to our lack of fervent prayer. Sure, we’ll pray for our own needs and desires but are we just as quick to fervently intercede for those around us? I’d guess that the majority of us aren’t.
When we’re going through a trial, we feel like our world is falling apart and we cry out to God accordingly. But how many times have you called a friend only to discover that they were busy or had their own problems they were going through and, therefore, couldn’t really be there for you? It’s an easy habit to get into but I feel like God needs more intercessors, those who will truly bear their Brothers’ and Sisters’ burdens before the throne of God. If those who weren’t going through the trial would pray as though they were, would we see a lot more miracles?
I’ve heard a lot of sermons in which there is a lot of emphasis on having faith but what about the fact that we are told to “let your requests be made known unto God”? (Philippians 4:6b) No matter how much we believe He can perform whatever task we’re needing, it avails nothing if we don’t ask Him to.
If someone shares a need with you and asks you to pray, don’t just pray that God will be with that person. He’s already promised to do that. Pray specifically for that person’s need and don’t just do it as a token so you can say you prayed. Continue to pray until the answer comes. Let the person know from time to time that you are praying for him or her. This helps tremendously in building the faith in the one who is going through the hard time.
At times you may need to ask God what His will is in a situation so that you know how to pray but, when you get His mind, pray in faith, “nothing wavering” and you will begin to see miracles like never before.
There are so many needy, hurting people in the world. We may not be able to help all of them but we can help those around us and it begins when we care enough to invest our time by going to the Father on their behalf. When we’ve done that, we can more effectively be His hands and feet and let them know we are with them in this all the way.