#3 Making Prayers Fervent
Webster – Fervent: 1) Very Hot 2) Exhibiting intensity of feeling. Similar to zealous. Other translations offer earnest, heartfelt, persistent. But it becomes an unusual question when we begin to ask how does one make prayer more fervent? Should we try and muster up something that isn’t there to start with?
“That is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you.” 2 Timothy 1:6
Here in this text, we have Paul instructing Timothy to “stir up” the gift that is within him, to “fan into the flames” the gift of God. The truth of the matter is that we all need encouragement and refreshing from time to time. Sometimes we need to engage in a conversation between our Spirit talking to our Soul. David records such a conversation when he writes, “why are you so downcast oh my soul, put your hope in God.” The answer is yes, the text is clear that this is something we can do to ourselves. Fan into flames, make very hot, become fervent. We are to take responsibility to stir up our faith and thus ignite prayer that moves God. Faith moves God. “The effectual “faith-filled” (fervent) prayer of the righteous makes great power available.” After all, what is the object of the fervency? None other than “our faith in God.”
So the question is still how? How do we ignite faith? How do we release faith? How do we make our prayers filled with fervency? Jesus modeled fervency in prayer.
He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Matthew 26:39
Perhaps the most fervent prayer Jesus ever made was in the garden of Gethsemane. Did you catch that the Bible includes His body position, “bowed with his face to the ground,” of this intense prayer? Read your bible stories again for the first time, with a new set of glasses. And start noticing how often body positions are mentioned in relationship to prayer. There are numerous. We can make our prayers more fervent by aligning our bodies to reflect the spirit of our prayers. I am thankful to Bill Gothard who was the first to bring this to my attention.
These body positions are listed in the scriptures as His loyal followers prayed (with suggested meaning):
- On Our Faces – Expressing Humility
- Kneeling – Earnest Intercession
- Bowing – An Expression of Worship
- Standing – Symbolizes our Preparation
- Walking – Intimate Communion with God
- Hands Lifted Up – Praise and Surrender
- Sitting – The Authority of God through the lens of a Mercy Seat
- Looking Up to Heaven – Expression of the Pure in Heart
- Stretching Forth the Arm – Used in Release God’s Delivering Power
- Leaping for Joy – The Position of the Persecuted
Couple your prayer request with these catalytic body positions for ignition.
Wisbit Tip #3
Fan into flame the gift within you. Stir up your faith. Prayer Tip Four: Bring fervency to your prayers by aligning the posture of your body with the sentiment of your petition.
Today’s Prayer: Add fervency to this prayer by praying on your face before God expressing humility. Heavenly Father, I am weak. I am incapable. I am not worthy. I come before you through the sacrifice of Jesus alone. I have faith but help my unbelief. I want to grow and learn how to ignite my faith. Teach me how to pray. In Jesus Name. Amen.
See you again soon,
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