Tuesday February 7 2023

Covering in Prayer

“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”
(James 5:16 KJV).

The phrase, “effectual fervent,” has been a well-known expression used in relationship to prayer for centuries. It originates with the King James version, and is actually translated from a single Greek word, energeo (νεργέω), a cousin to our word for energy. Generally speaking, it conveys the idea of “energizing,” similar to an electrical current that brings energy to a circuit. When applied to the passage, this suggests a type of prayer that is “passionate, heartfelt, heated, persistent” and so forth. The Amplified Bible, renders it another way that’s especially illuminating: “The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]” (James 5:16 TAB).

This kind of prayer is quite the opposite of a lethargic, repetitious or superficial type. And while passionate, it is not merely whipping up emotions, or generating exciting sounds or words… but expresses an intense sincere confidence in God. This might also be described as praying “radically,” with everything you got, with all your heart… along the lines of what Jeremiah wrote, “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).

In this time of increased pressure and stress, we need to commit our children to the Lord – effectually and fervently. Thank you to the parents who pray for our school and our children on a weekly basis through the Parents Who Pray group. If you would like to join them, please use the link.

A prayer for our children for today:

Father, I pray for every child to have the wisdom to make good decisions and to understand right from wrong. I pray they always seek to glorify you in their words and actions and to know when the enemy is trying to trick them into something.

I pray they have control over their words and always use them to build others up and not get pulled into gossip or other types of things that the enemy may tempt them towards. 

In Jesus Name, Amen.