…The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available (dynamic in its working) – James 5:16 (Amplified Bible).

Sometimes when you have a matter to settle or you desire a change in a situation you don’t have full jurisdiction over, you have to continue in prayer until that change comes. Now this doesn’t negate faith nor mean you’re unbelieving. Actually, the reason you choose not to give up or shift grounds is because you’re acting your faith.

Many are too used to praying “emergency prayers” that don’t work. They wait until the pressure mounts and then start pushing panic-buttons and praying fast prayers for fast answers. But Elijah knew better. We read in our opening scripture what he did when he wanted a miracle: he cast himself down upon the earth and put his head between his knees, praying heartfelt, continued prayer (1 Kings 18:42-44). He prayed until he got a miracle.

This is what many in the Church today aren’t doing. Years ago, Christians were taught to be earnest and persistent in prayer, but the more they learned the Word of faith, the more some drifted away from the message of prayer. But to be effective, you must have the two together: the Word of faith and earnest, heartfelt, continued prayer. You must have the willingness to pray with all your heart and continue in prayer until you have the note of victory in your spirit. You might ask, “But when do I stop?” You stop when you “know that you know” in your spirit (not in your head) that it’s done! Remember, this is different from the prayer of faith, where you pray only once and don’t have to go back to pray again about the same thing.

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Confession (Faith’s Proclamation)

My faith in God and His eternal Word is the basis of my tenacity as I demand salvation for all my friends, loved ones, colleagues and all those with whom I make contact on a daily basis! I declare that their souls are for Christ, wherever they are, God’s Word will keep coming to them, bringing them salvation, healing and blessings, until Christ is formed in their hearts, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Further Study:

Colossians 4:2 – Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving

Galatians 4:19 – My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you

Luke 18:1 – And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; 2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: 3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. 6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. 7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

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