And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias 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. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit. (James 5:15-18)
There are some people who wonder why their prayers are not answered. We can not do as we please and obtain what we want. If we want what God has promised in His Word, we must do what He commands in His Word. The Lord will keep His Word at any cost. He will do what He has promised when we meet His conditions.
The Greek word, energeo (en-erg-eh’-o), is translated “effectual fervent” and means to be active, efficient:– do, (be) effectual (fervent), be mighty in, shew forth self, work (effectually in).
Dr. Henry M. Morris says the word, energeo, translates to “effectual fervent,” meaning “energizing”. He also says, “The one praying such an energizing prayer is assumed to be “righteous,” both in standing before God through faith in Christ, and in practice before God, having left no sins of his own unconfessed and uncorrected.”
“Prayer is the honest thoughts of the heart and mind converted into a form of communication, either verbal or mental, directed toward God.” Emeal Zwayne
HOW TO GET YOU PRAYERS ANSWERED.
I. SEEK GOD WITH ALL THE HEART.
Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive. (Jeremiah 29:12-14)
II. WAIT ON THE LORD.
I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. (Psalm 40:1)
III. ASK IN FAITH.
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. (Matthew 21:22)
IV. ASK ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD.
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. (I John 5:14-15)
V. SET YOUR LOVE ON GOD.
Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. (Psalm 91:14-15)
VI. ABIDE IN CHRIST.
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
VII. KEEP GOD’S COMMANDMENTS.
And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. (I John 3:22)