Fervent prayer.

Last week I had a dream, I was at church and someone turned around and said “pray fervently“. It was so matter of fact that it left an impression as I remembered these words upon waking (I rarely remember my dreams).  I even reflected on it beyond the immediate memory of the dream.

I have prayed, interceded, praised, begged (when I was a baby Christian) etc. But have I ever prayed fervently?

What does fervent even mean?

Dictionary.com defines “Fervent” as 1. having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit, feeling, enthusiasm, etc.; ardent: a fervent admirer; a fervent plea. 2. hot; burning; glowing.

The King James Bible Dictionary defines “Fervent” as 1. Hot boiling as a fervent summer fervent blood. 2. Hot in temper vehement.

Scripture uses the word “fervent” in many different circumstances.  Some examples are:

  • Acts 18:25
    This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.
  • Romans 12:11
    Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
  • 2 Corinthians 7:7
    And not by his coming only, but by the consolation wherewith he was comforted in you, when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the more.
  • Colossians 4:12
    Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
  • James 5:16
    Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
  • 1 Peter 1:22
    Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
  • 1 Peter 4:8
    And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
  • 2 Peter 3:10
    But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
  • 2 Peter 3:12
    Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

So the opportunity presented itself to me this week to pray fervently for a friend.  I was so thankful for my dream earlier so that I would learn what fervent prayer actually was.  I am also so very thankful, so grateful, for the Lord’s leading in my life.  I know that the Lord is capable and willing to answer any prayer.  He is also capable and willing to not answer any prayer.  What prayers He chooses to answer or not answer, well, that’s not up to me to worry about.  I simply trust Him.  This trust has totally reshaped my prayer life.  This trust has increased my faith.  It has given me the ability to pray with burning passion and intensity, to boldly approach the One True God, with the requests I have, no matter how big or small, and know, beyond that shadow of the doubt, that He will do what is best, and in the end, He will always…always…take care of me.

Lord, let Your name be glorified!  In Jesus name.  Amen.

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