Is Your Prayer Effectual?

Tearful PrayerBoundless and countless are the circumstances and situations in our lives in which Father waits on “the edge of His seat” for us to pray with unwavering and longsuffering faith and to not be afraid; just believe (Mark 5:36).

Longsuffering can be defined as long and patient endurance of injury, trouble, or provocation.

The King James translation uses the word “travail” in speaking of a woman in childbirth.  Travail means pain, anguish or suffering as a result of mental or physical hardship”.

We think nothing of a woman “travailing” in childbirth; and yet how often are we willing to travail in prayer — to persevere, to endure, to continue calling out to our God who hears, and to embrace the belief that He is the God who gives life to the dead?

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

To be effectual, one is producing or capable of producing an intended effect to be adequate. To be fervent, a person has or shows great warmth or intensity of spirit, feeling, or enthusiasm.

Can any of these words be used to describe our prayers:

  • Effectual
  • Fervent
  • Faith-filled
  • Longsuffering
  • Travailing
  • Unwavering

Travailing prayer equals prevailing prayer.


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