6 Ways to Foster Fervency in Prayer

In Scripture we continually see that prayer precedes power.

But not just any kind of prayer.

Fervent_PrayerPrayer that moves the heart and hand of God is heartfelt and fervent. It is meaningful and passionate. It is not lukewarm or filled with doubt.

When the authorities commanded Peter and John to stop speaking about Jesus and acting in His Name, the church responded with fervent prayer. (Acts 4)

In response to that prayer, the Spirit came in such a way that the building was shaken and those praying were filled with boldness. That prayer continued to be answered as the Apostles moved in great signs and wonders. (Acts 5:12)

Fervency in prayer is the landing strip of the Holy Spirit.

James observes, ‘The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.’ (James 5:16b, NKJV) The Greek word translated ‘effective, fervent’ here is ‘energeo’ meaning to be at work and to put forth power. [1]


Fervency is not about Eloquence

  • Hannah’s prayer was incoherent, but fervent. (1 Sam 1:12-13) Her prayer birthed a prophet—Samuel, whose ministry brought a nation to revival.

Fervency is not about Volume

  • A prayer that helped propel Nehemiah into leadership and resulted in the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls was fervent. (Neh 2:4) It was also the momentary cry of his heart to God as he was going about his daily work.

You can pray fervently and yet quietly—fervency is not about volume. You may whisper in the Spirit, but there is a shout in the spiritual realm!

God uses Ordinary People who are Fervent in Prayer

Fervent_PrayerJames goes on to say,
‘Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.’ (James 5:17-18)

Elijah prayed earnestly. The Greek reads, ‘prayed praying.’ He prayed through prayer and the earnestness of that prayer released the power of God. [2]


6 Things that Foster Fervency in Prayer

Fervency in prayer is so significant that we should encourage it, nurture it and guard it. Here are 6 things that can help foster fervency in prayer:

1. Passion for a Cause

It was the cause of the Gospel that propelled the church in Acts to cry out to God for boldness, liberty and the release of God’s power. (Acts 4:17-18)

Is your heart moved by a cause, or a vision from God? Let that fervency stir you to pray.

2. Fervent Leadership

Peter and John returned the church after being threatened by the Jewish leaders. The Apostles’ report ignited the church in prayer. (Acts 4:23-24)

Listen to the things that are on the heart of your leaders. Catch their fervency and pray with them. If you are a leader, recognise that you have a stewardship given by God—a responsibility to stir the hearts of your people to pray.

3. Recognising When we are Lukewarm.

In Revelation 3:15-16 Jesus addresses the church of Laodicea, ‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!’

Our English word ‘fervent’ comes from a Latin word fervere, meaning to boil, or to glow. [3] And the word is apt. When we realise that we have lost our fire and fervency, we can take Jesus’ prescription, which is to …be earnest and repent.’ (Rev 3:19b)

4. The Fervency of the Holy Spirit

‘In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.’ (Rom 8:26-27)

When we don’t know what to pray, the Holy Spirit can pray through us. At any moment, the fervency of the Spirit is available for us to tap into.

5. Spiritual hunger.

Spiritual hunger—a sense of urgent need for God—moves us to pray fervently.

The Psalmist cries,As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.’ (Ps 42:1) Hunger for God is resulting in fervent prayer.

Stir up your hunger for God and it will overflow into your prayer life.

6. Seeing Reality as Heaven sees

At Gethsemane Jesus cried out to God in fervent, heartfelt prayer. But his disciples could not stay awake.

‘Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour? Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”’ (Mark 14:37-38)

A short while later, faced with Jesus’ arrest, Peter was wide awake and wielding his sword! (John 18:10) What made the difference? The reality of the situation was now manifesting to Peter.

But he could have seen it earlier.

Let us see reality as Heaven sees. Let us see the condition of the lost and hurting from a Kingdom perspective. Let’s believe that what the Bible says is true.
For when our eyes are opened and we see what the Father sees and know His heart—then, fervency will stir us to pray.


Notes:

[1] Strongs G1754

[2] Strongs G4336 / G4335

[3] http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/fervent


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Hunger for God: 6 Ways You Can Stir It Up

Intimacy, Prayer and Releasing God’s Power


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11 thoughts on “6 Ways to Foster Fervency in Prayer

  1. Arthur Mavros

    Thank you Helen for your encouraging words. You helped me greatly when I read Fervency is not about Eloquence, Fervency is not about Volume, because these have been issues that I have pondered, and have realized that I don’t need to shout, and my lack of eloquence is not a barrier to God answering my prayers. Than you for your great article…

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Yes it is just as with the shepherd boy David. ‘…The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’ (1 Sam 16:7) Your prayers are making a difference, Arthur! May you be richly encouraged in God’s Word today.

  2. Michele

    Good morning Helen!

    I just want to acknowledge you for your commitment to the Lord and to nourishing His flock. I really look forward to the insights and information every Wednesday and have been trawling through everything I can, past sermons etc. I was hanging out for more and wondered what time your message would come through.
    Well, this morning you banged it in at 5:06am. Wonderful! You go girl! I am eating up everything you send.

    Many thanks and kind regards,
    Michele

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Michele, thank you so much for your encouragement. 🙂 It never ceases to amaze me how the Holy Spirit provides fresh inspiration each week. We are just coming up to 300 articles on Enliven Blog, soon!

  3. Parvati

    Dear Helen
    That was an excellent article on prayer. I would like to know more about the significance of praying in the spirit.
    Parvati

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Parvati, I encourage you to take a look at 1 Cor 14 on this subject – praying the mysteries in the Spirit, also Romans 8 (reference above). I believe that one of the greatest values of praying in the Spirit is that we are praying the purposes of God at a greater level than our human understanding. Such a powerful tool of prayer, and one that brings us into greater intimacy with the Spirit of God. Bless you.

  4. jose ramos

    saludos,una vez mas me disculpo con ustedes…pero me han sucedido cosas que en ocasiones me quitan mucho tiempo pensando en cada una de ella:EL SEÑOR ME HA ESTADO HABLANDO RESPECTO A: PORQUE ME CUESTA TANTO TIEMPO ESPERAR, y esto es verdad ,porque siempre casi en mi oraciones personales,repito con frecuencia, que porque no abre ya las puertas que el me dijo,que abriria,para mi e iniciar el ministerio apostolico profetico…y siempre que cuestiono al Señor estas inquietudes mias,y al ver no respuestas,como que entran dudas en mi acerca de estos dos Oicios y si mi llamado,se va a realizar o tardara muchos tiempo…por otro lado,el ministerio dejado a mi hijo primogenito,tal parece que el ha escogido seguir otra doctrina de tendencia calvinista,debido a los problemas que ministros de U.S.A. han tenido en sus propios paices,y esto ha influido en la decision de mi hijo de seguir por un camino diferente al que recibio como miembro de la familia..y esto me ha molestado bastante ,y he dedicado mucho tiempo en la oracion,para que el E.S. enderece los pasos de este joven pastor…aprovecho la ocasion para pedirles que oren por el,su nombre es jose carlos. Por ultimo,ultimamente he tenido problemas fisicos, mi ojo derecho,quiza me operen,debido a un problema visual serio…No obstante, no he dejado la intimidad con mi Señor cada dia por horas,orando en lenguas como en español…Se que algunas de estas cosas,son pruebas .Dios me ayude a superarlas …oro por ustedes,y el Ministerio que el Señor les ha concedido por gracia .!saludos!

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Jose, your prayers are significant and bear much fruit! Your ministry enters the throne room and is accomplishing more than you know. I am sorry to hear of your family challenges, we are also praying for our children, sometimes there is a distance of time between our prayers and the answers but we know God is faithful.
      I also pray that you will receive encouragement from the Holy Spirit regarding His ministry call on your life and His timing, and I speak healing to your eye in Jesus’ Name. May the Word of God and the tangible evidence of Holy Spirit at work build your faith. You are important to God and His Kingdom. Bless you!

  5. Christiana

    Hi I am delighted that God has led me to this wonderful prayer line I an in the prayer ministry and I was searching for powerful materials to help to bring our church prayer situations alive including me I would like to order the book ‘ Pray for the lost. God continue to bless you in your ministry

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Christiana, I pray your church prayer is touched and freshly anointed, thank you for leaving the comment!

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