I have come to the point in my walk with God that I pray about anything and everything. Sometimes it’s less of a prayer and more of a conversation (albeit sometimes one sided). But I pray to God to help me stay motivated to work out, to be patient with my boss, to keep my cat from waking me up in the mornings (yes, really)…the list goes on and on.
So when I decided to sell some of my belonging in order to fund more traveling, I didn’t even hesitate to pray for God to bless it. And naturally for it to sell at the price point I am wanting.
Well, about 2 months go by, and although I continue to pray just about daily for my items to sell…they just aren’t. One day in particular I began to pray, and at this point I’m exhausted from praying repeatedly around this one area. I begin to feel like a broken record and am honestly feeling a bit annoyed my prayers are not being answered.
According to the Bible it says:
Wow God, that’s one heck of a promise.
But as I pray, I begin to feel less like royalty, and more like a beggar. Coming to the feet of the Lord, begging for my wishes to be granted.
And as I think of this, I begin to feel a bit angry. Why do I feel I have to beg God for my prayers to be answered? Why do I have to get to the point of desperation for Heaven to move in my favor?
And this is exactly what I prayed to God. WHY!? I just don’t understand. Does God like to see me beg? Although I was frustrated, it is important to note that I ended my prayer saying that regardless of if my prayer was answered or not, I loved Him and always would. But I just don’t understand.
Well, a few hours later I arrive at work and check my email. My eyes pop open when I see an email in my inbox inquiring about the most expensive item I was trying to sell. And to make things weirder, the email was sent at the same time I was praying. After a few back and forth emails, I ended up selling the item that day. Just like that. After months of trying to sell this it, it just…sold.
It was clear to me that God had answered my prayer. And I was beyond grateful. But something still lingered in the back of my mind. Why this prayer? Why did He answer this prayer versus the others? Did I have to complain? Did I have to beg?
So of course, I prayed and asked why. I knew God was teaching me something, but I just didn’t know what. I didn’t get it. About a week later I received an answer. While thinking and praying about it some more, God put the word fervent in my head. I immediately googled it because I honestly didn’t know the definition off the top of my head.
And then I was reminded of a bible verse from James 5:16, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”.
Huh…interesting. Maybe God doesn’t want us to beg, but maybe he does want us to show passion in our prayers. Was that what was lacking? Do I need to display a more passionate prayer life?
Prayer is an interesting thing. Prayer moves mountains and it moves God.
I don’t profess to know everything there is to know about prayer, but I do know one thing: the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man (or woman!) does availeth much!
Over to you, let me know your thoughts in the comments below!