I exhort therefore, that first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men – 1Timothy 2:1
There’re different kinds of prayers, and one of them is the prayer of petition. A petition is a solemn entreaty, a supplication or request appealing to an authority, or an earnest or humble appeal for something or to someone. The prayer of petition is one that is done with seriousness and intensity. It’s heartfelt and earnest.
This kind of praying doesn’t just depend on the length of the prayer, but on the intensity of spirit. You can shake the whole world in a few minutes with it. It’s one that is direct in purpose, zealous, fervent and marked by a deep feeling of conviction as described for us in James 5:16: (AMP): “…The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].”
It’s not every kind of prayer that makes tremendous power available, but the prayer of petition does; and that power is dynamic in its working. In other words, it works like dynamite. The King James Version calls it ‘effectual and fervent.’ That means it burns like fire! We read in the Amplified Version that it is “heartfelt and continued.” It’s heartfelt because it touches your heart; it gets a hold of your emotions.
Sometimes, people pray without emotions, as though they don’t even understand the subject they’re praying about. But the prayer of petition is involving. It gets your emotions, and sometimes you find yourself crying when you pray like this. Such prayers are hard to shout; they’re called supplications, that is, humble, earnest requests.
At such times, you’re so humble you go on your knees or prostrate on the floor before the Lord. Nobody may even hear you, but you’re pouring out your heart before the Lord. It’s not the kind of prayer where you talk just for two minutes and stop. It’s earnest, heartfelt and continued. Learn to pray like this often, for this kind of prayer makes tremendous power available.
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Dear Father, I thank you for teaching me to pray earnest, heartfelt and continued prayer. As I spend time to pray like this today, your divine power is manifested, changes are effected, and circumstances in my life are changed, in the Name of Jesus. Amen.
Acts 1:13 – And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. 14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
James 5:17 – Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.