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Fervent Prayer
James 5:16: The effective fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

Oxford dictionary defines the word effective as successful in producing a desired or intended result. Fervent, according to the Oxford Dictionary means having or displaying a passionate intensity.

It was during the late 70s when my great-grandmother was sick and dying. My siblings and I were staying with our grandmother that weekend. My dear aunt, who had also lived there asked us to fervently pray. We were taken into one bedroom to begin a nightly prayer vigil. We prayed intensely and we were specific. We prayed according to what we were taught, to pray God’s word. My aunt did not demand us to pray, but she inquired that we remain constant in prayer, believing that God would answer the heartfelt cry of seven desperate children. She prayed also with hopes that God would restore my great-grandmother's health. The intensity of our prayer was heard by God and our great- grandmother was miraculously healed.

My aunt was righteous and she had faith in what God could do. She also knew that God would hear our prayers. Does God always respond with health and physical healing in this manner? Absolutely not! God physically heals whom He chooses (Rom. 9:18). Healing also occurs when a believer is taken to heaven. He/she is spiritually healed and forever present with the Lord. This is the ultimate healing that takes place when one knows the Lord. 
However the healing, the bottom line is that God heals!! God physically healed our grandmother and we rejoiced!  

Keep in mind:
God hears the prayers of the pure in heart.
  • He hears a child’s prayer. (Matt. 19:14, Matt. 5:8)
  • He hears the saint’s prayer. (James 5:16, 1 Thess. 5:17)
  • He only hears a sinner's prayer when they come to him for faith in Christ. (John 9:31) 

Lord, help us to fervently pray about every period in life. Help us to remember that you alone have the power to heal the brokenhearted and those who are physically sick. Thank you, Lord, for allowing us to trust you with our lives, in Jesus' name Amen.  

Encourage and Be Encouraged!