“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16
I admit the normal state of my heart is dry and dead and seldom feels like praying. But there are occasions that cry out for hot, passionate, zealous praying. I often need grace from God to stir up a hot spirit in prayer. So to generate fervency in prayer I found it helpful to focus upon some words that stirred my emotions; words like – Eternity; Blood; Hell, Judgment and Abide.
Solomon described words like these as being words, “set upon their own wheels;” “words that are awake,” said Augustine. They are full of life, quick, sharp, powerful, full of weight and force. The first words are self explanatory. But this single word “Abide” has stirred up more emotion and fervency in prayer for me than any other word I have ever heard in my life.
The idea comes from John 3:16 where Jesus says God was not willing that any person should perish. In other words, He could “not abide” their destruction. He could not live with it, bear it or tolerate it. He was driven from eternity to save us. His zeal ate Him up until he was driven from his glory in Heaven to take on our nature and save us from our awful fall. He was driven into the wilderness for 40 days to fast and pray. He was driven to sweat blood, be spat upon, tortured and finally crucified. All that He did because he could abide his own suffering, but the very thing He could not “abide” was to be in Heaven without us! Therefore Jesus was very passionate in his praying.
This affects me when I think about the evil Satan tries to get away with. I read about it every day in the papers and it makes me mad. He can do what he wants with my life, but I CANNOT ABIDE that he messes with my children, relatives or the Saints. I fume just thinking about him inflicting a loved one with sickness, spiritual blindness, apathy or indifference.
SO I SAY TO THE DEVIL – “You devil, you rebel, you traitor, you insolent, sassy brat, you thief, you liar, your murderer, you false accuser, I CANNOT ABIDE any of your devices, deceptions, lies, prisons, chains or addictions. LET GO OF MY BODY, LET GO OF MY CHILDREN.
I WILL NOT TOLERATE IT! I CANNOT ABIDE IT! THEN I DECLARE WAR! I PLEAD THE BLOOD OF JESUS. I REMIND GOD OF THE CROSS, HIS MERCY AND HIS GLORY. I SAY TO GOD, “THEY PLOUGHED YOUR SON’S BACK! AND HE LET THEM DO IT IN ORDER TO PURCHASE A FULL MEASURE OF YOUR SPIRIT FOR US. SO WILL YOU NOT NOW POUR OUT YOUR SPIRIT ON US?”
THEN I SAY TO THE DEVIL, “THESE ARE MY CHILDREN YOU CAN’T HAVE THEM.” I PRAY FOR GRACE, GRACE AND MORE GRACE until Heaven feel the force of my prayers and I am at rest in my spirit. I pray for others like I would want them to pray for me if my soul was still hanging by a thread over the pit of hell. I pray like I realize life and death are in the power of my tongue. This is where I think God wants us.
May God revive us in the prayer closet.