The power of fervent prayer – Part 1
Psalm 63:1-3: “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirty land, where no water is; To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.”
Jeremiah 29:13 also says: “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”
You need to seek for power with the whole of your heart. David said, “My soul thirsteth for thee and my flesh longeth for thee…”This is a desire that comes from within.
There was a man called Elijah. Every time he prayed, power was released. What kind of prayer did he pray?
James 5:17 tell us:
“Elisa was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.”
It is time to tune in to this frequency. It takes a heart-communication with God for you to encounter power, Elijah prayed earnestly, not loudly! The Amplified Bible in James 5:16 calls it, “The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man” which “makes tremendous power available” and is “dynamic in its working.”
Power is released when you talk to God from your heart.
So many people make so much noise while praying, but their heart is not in it. The woman with the issue of blood said in heart, “if I may but touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.” (Mark 5:28). And as she went ahead and touched Him, she encountered power!
Jesus said, “Somebody touched me, power has gone forth from my body.”
It’s time to ask yourself, “What is my heart craving now?” God will only answer what comes from within. The day Hannah went to Shiloh, the high priest misunderstood what she was doing. Hannah then said, “I am a woman of sorrowful heart who is pouring her heart out to God” (1 Sam. 1:15). This is what touches heaven. It is the only way you can connect with the power from on high.
The son of the widow of Zarephath died. All Elijah said was, “O Lord my God, I pray thee, let this child’s soul come into him again” (1 Kg. 17:18-21). This was a heart-to-heaven communication in faith is what you need. Proverbs 4:23 say: “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issue of life.”
It is time for heart-connection with heaven for a release of power. The time has come for God to hear your voice. Ask the Lord to cause you to see the reality of His power as recorded in His Word. Tell Him you want to experience this power in your everyday life.
The anointing of the Holy Spirit cannot come your way without it. Rain will only respond to effectual fervent prayer. This is the only switch that will turn the rain on – the kind of prayer that comes from the heart, not the head.
A thirst that is genuine, established and acknowledged by the Lord, will open you up for the rain. Zachariah 10:1 says. “Ask of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain.”
We need the power of God today. It is the answer to all the harassments of the devil (Luke 10:19). The anointing will only respond to effectual fervent prayers, the kind Elijah prayed on Mount Carmel. This will tame the devil and make every lion around you look like a dog.
You don’t get power by wishing; you get it by praying. Not modern day prayer, but divinely approved ones. The kind you stay on at until the answer comes.
No one picks power by the roadside. Every one that operated in the realm of power today went all-out for it.