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Someone recently asked me to pray for one of their friends. As I started to pray, I started to become more passionate in that prayer. The more passionate I got, the longer the prayer got. When I said, “Amen”, they said, “Thank you” and mentioned that they just meant a “little” prayer. I couldn’t do it though. If it’s worth praying about, it’s worth being passionate about.
I don’t know that the louder a prayer is, the more God will hear it. I believe the more passionate prayer is, the more God responds to it. I think of Hannah in the Bible in I Samuel 1, she was deeply troubled because she couldn’t have children. She was embarrassed and felt like a lesser person. While her husband went to offer sacrifices, she went into the temple to pray. Her prayer wasn’t loud, but it was passionate.
Verse 10 says, “And Hannah was in distress of soul, praying to The Lord and weeping bitterly.” When Eli the priest came in, he saw her mouth moving, but nothing coming out. Verse 13 says she was praying in her heart. He quite honestly thought she was drunk. When he confronted her, she assured him she wasn’t and that she was pouring out her soul. He then told her to go in peace because God was going to answer her petition.
It wasn’t on the words she was saying, it was in the emotion of her spirit that caught God’s attention. So often we worry so much about the words to our prayers, that we forget to worry about the passion in them. James 5:16 says, “The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” When I looked up the words “effectual” and “fervent” in the original Greek, the word used was energeo. That’s our root word for energetic.
God is more concerned with the energy in our prayers than in the words. He wants to see our passion instead of our memory. I’m afraid most of our prayers aren’t answered because we aren’t very energetic in them. We don’t put much emotion into them. Instead we say it half hearted just hoping He’ll hears us and maybe answer. James said an energetic prayer is dynamic in its working. It has tremendous power available. The words in our prayer are important, but God is listening to our heart too.
If your prayers aren’t being answered, I encourage you to think about the emotion and passion you’re putting into your prayers. Are they more of an after thought or are they passionate? Are concerned more about saying the right thing or conveying the right thing? The most effective prayers in the Bible came from deep within the heart, not the brain. The heart is the seat of our emotion. It’s where our passion comes from. Try praying from there and watch God work.
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7 responses to “Passionate Prayer”
Good word, Chris. I like your opening story. I experience this often, especially praying for requests from people here on WordPress or Facebook. And the Spirit of God energizes our prayers, too. Sometimes you can’t stop praying if you wanted to because God grips you and fills you with his compassion and urgency to pray that person “through,” as the old saints would say.
Thanks. That’s the feeling I get. Once I get going, it’s hard to stop. Thanks for your dedication to praying for others.
Great topic Chris, I know I could work a little harder on my prayer. – On a side note you may want to check out t the prayermate smartphone app. – I just learned about it from another blogger today and I will be taking a look at it as a way to help organize my prayers. – I don’t want to make my prayers mechanical but I can always us a reminder or two when I have committed to be be praying for someone. You should be able to google prayermate to get the link.
Thanks for the heads up. I’ll definitely take a look. I have a personal thing I do. When someone asks me to pray for something, I stop right there and pray with them where we are. That way they know I’ve prayed for them. I never just say, “I’ll pray for you.” I pray right then because I know I will forget later.
That app will help me to continue to pray for them. Thank you!
You can pray for me all day long, Chris!
I have prayed for you and I’ll continue to!