“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
“Effectual “– Producing or able to produce a desired effect”
These two words, effectual and fervent when joined together actually translate out into one single word in the original Greek called `energeo` which gives the idea of “energizing “. The picture is that by combining the two, it is similar to an electrical current that brings energy to a circuit, giving it the ability to operate.
In this passage it suggests a type of prayer distinguished by a passionate, heartfelt, heated, and persistent effort on the one praying. In other words, when we pray “like we mean it”, we are connecting to the power source, God, and things begin to happen!
E.M. Bounds wrote about this passage and said: “Prayer must be aflame, Prayer without fervor is as a sun without light or heat”.
This scripture is saying that this kind of praying, “energeo” will “avail much” or will have a prevailing result when it is engaged by a “righteous person “. And who is a righteous person? A person who is walking after Jesus and is born again. Our own righteousness has no power to make anything happen except please oneself. Our own righteousness cannot “plug in” to the healing power of the Holy Spirit except we be born again.
If God could hear and answer the passionate faith based prayer of Elijah, a man like ourselves, God will likewise hear and answer our prayers. God is eager to answer the “effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man”.
We are blessed by God to learn to pray in this way in our multi-weekly phone prayer ministry and have seen God move in our circle of family and friends. God is using it to allow us to experience what it’s like to plug in and see Him move through our prayers. Prayer is a life changer. I encourage you to try it for yourself. Take a few people in your circle and invite them to meet over the phone, merge as many as you like , and watch what God will do.
God REALLY DOES LISTEN and ANSWERS prayers today.
“What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear,
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer,
Oh what peace we often forfeit,
Oh what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry,
Everything to God in prayer.”