“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”

An army commander is said to have ordered his troops, “don’t shoot to kill, shoot to wound.” The strategy being to force the enemy to weaken its attack by making them concentrate on the wounded. Satan has employed a similar spiritual strategy in keeping Christians from frontline ministry, particularly prayer.

There are three areas of attack – effectual prayer, fervent prayer and a righteous man to pray. The question that should come to mind is do I pray effectually, am I praying fervently and am I right with God so I can be heard in glory?

Effectual prayer is when your heart is in your prayer life. Your motivation is to help for some reason and to honor God in the answer. Fervent prayer is to earnestly pour your heart out for whatever the need may be. The very basis of Christian character is honesty. The basis for effectual, fervent prayer is honesty. Do I want what I am asking for to be for me or for it to bring glory to God? If the request is for you it is neither effectual nor fervent; it is failure.

In dealing with the righteous man, to whom the righteousness of God has been imputed, there is a two-fold requirement.

The Psalmist writes (), “If I regard iniquity (sin) in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.” Sins must be confessed and forgiven before God will answer our prayers.

Mark writes (), “When ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any.” If we do not forgive, we cannot be forgiven.

Question – Are you praying effectually, fervently and righteously?

– Bro. Forde