What is "fervent prayer"?
The word "fervent
" means to have intense feeling and enthusiasm for something. We come across this word in the book of James, when the writer uses it in the context of effective prayer - "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."
(James 5:16, AKJV).
James is making the point that praying with passion and intensity is an important part of seeing our prayers answered - we are not to just simply go through the motions of prayer. It should also be noted that this is not the only element - for it is the prayers of a righteous
person that are effective. In the previous sentence James has urged the believers to confess their sins to each other "so that you can live together whole and healed."
(James 5:16 MSG) So being open about our weaknesses with one another and God will have an influence on how effective our prayer life will be.
A Fervent Prayer For Healing
You are our saviour
Taking all the sin, hatred, illness and death
To the cross.
Rising from the grave, victorious over all the earth.
We receive your healing,
Believing that your power carries ultimate authority.
We leave this illness at the cross,
And walk freely healed and restored by
Your amazing grace.
(a sample fervent prayer for healing from www.lords-prayer-words.com)
• click here for prayers for physical and mental healing, including a short article on the accounts of some of the remarkable healings in the Acts of the Apostles.