Therefore, confess your sins to one another [your false steps, your offenses], and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored. The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power]. James 5:16 AMP
What kind of prayer produces results?
There is a special kind of prayer, that you can pray to get results. The above scripture reveals something remarkable. Your prayer doesn’t have to belong all the time, but earnest, heartfelt and persistent. A continuous prayer that does not end until a result appears. This means you got to pray until something happens. There is something powerful about earnest prayer.
The Bible’s says in James 5:17: “Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years” NIV
It did not rain because Elijah prayed earnestly. Elijah prayed a heartfelt prayer. Sincere in His desire for what He wanted to see. And if you read much about Him, you will discover that He was a righteous man. A time. Then came after it had not rained for so long that, he had to pray again for it to rain.
This time, He did not pray once. He prayed and prayed seven times until it rained again. He had to pray until the result came. That’s why persistence is required in your prayers. Earnest prayer produces results. Tremendous ones even. If a man could stop the rain, and cause God to bring it back, what more for you. You can determine anything you want for your life. You just have to see to it that you pray, and you pray until the results are showing in your favor.
Jesus said we should not give up in our prayers but we should always pray. He even teaches us prayer secrets and strategies that give 100% assurance of answers. One of those secrets is shared in Luke 18:1 NIV where it reads, ” Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up”
He was talking about an effective and fervent kind of prayer. When you are about to give up, you pray all the more. Another verse in the Bible says, “Pray without seizing”. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. ESV
This means when you are about to give up or feel that it’s going for too long, or you can’t seem to get there. Pray ‘until it rains’ metaphorically speaking. That’s what Elijah did, that’s what Jesus did before being led to the cross. He had to endure the moment of death for the world, He prayed 3 different times for 3 hours, respectively. And He needed this kind of prayer to produce the result. (Salvation for the world, at the cross). This prayer will help you carry out God’s will for your life, change circumstances in your life to favor the will of God. And produce tremendous results.
It is not nagging God Luke 18:1, neither does it annoy him when one prays the same prayer long enough to see a change. The devil can get you thinking this way, don’t believe it. But God wants you to pray until something happens. Be earnest (most sincere, unrelenting) in your prayers for that prolonged situation or desire of your heart, and soon enough you will reap the rewards.
What have you been praying about? Is it taking long? Keep praying, and don’t stop until you produce the result. You are almost there. You can learn how to pray and get results everytime.
God bless and prosper you.