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Before THAT verse, lets refer to the after

James 5:17 (NIV)

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

 

the Greek

earnestly in is “ektenesteron/ektenés” – intent, constant, strenuous, intense; met: earnest, zealous

1618 ektenḗs (an adjective, derived from 1537 /ek, “wholly out” which intensifies teinō, “to stretch” which is also the root of English terms, “tension” and “tense”) – properly,

stretch out, i.e. fully because completely taut; (figuratively) at maximum potential, without slack because fully extended to its necessary outcome

 

notice “He prayed earnestly”? I cannot find the word “earnestly” in the original greek. its not there literarily.

BUT

the greek words rather is proseuchē/prosēuxato which means “prayed with a prayer”. in Hebraism “prayed with a prayer” means prayed intensely or fervently or earnestly.

THEREFORE

when you read in Hebrew “Jesus died died”
     it means Jesus died a violent death, uncommon death
when you read in Hebrew “Jesus died died”
     it means Jesus died a violent death, uncommon death

when you read in Hebrew “God swear, I will never never remember your sins”
     it means GOD WILL NEVER, BY ANY MEANS REMEMBER YOUR SINS
when you read in Hebrew “God swear, I will never never remember your sins”
     it means GOD WILL NEVER, BY ANY MEANS REMEMBER YOUR SINS

Got the point?

 

How is Earnest Prayer?

1 Kings 17:1 (NIV)

17 Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word”

 

looks nothing like earnest prayer. Elijah doesn’t seem “prayed”.  he didn’t look to heaven, didn’t kneel, didn’t fast. don’t get me wrong, Elijah prayed.

we think earnest prayer is “fasting”, “24 hours chain praise and worship”, “praying everyday at 5am”. etc etc etc. don’t get me wrong, those are not bad.

so what is earnest prayer? Earnest prayer is saying what God says. you will know why I said that in a bit.

 

 

The prayer of THAT Righteous Man

James 5:16 (NIV)

16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective

 

I used to understand that

“if I confess my sins, God forgives, then I become righteous”
and
“if I don’t confess, then I get sickness from God because I am wicked”

Boy was I wrong! James was instructing sinners to “confess sins”. they shall be forgiven and healed. healed if they are sick

How are they forgiven and healed? because the prayer of a righteous man (the righteous man is not a sinner) is powerful and effective

 

1 John 2:1 (NIV)

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One

 

who do you suppose is that righteous man? the only righteous one? JESUS!

who do you suppose is that righteous man again? the one and only righteous one? JESUS! JESUS!

Jesus is our advocate, OUR ALLY. Jesus makes it all happen

 

 

The One, The Man, The One Man

are your prayers not answered? do you think its probably because of your un-confessed sins? stop that though! all your sins has been forgiven.

 

Romans 8:34 (NIV)

34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us

 

the Greek

the word intercede in greek is entugchanó

1793 entygxánō (from 1722 /en, “in,” which intensifies 5177 /tygxánō, “to obtain by hitting the mark”)

The root of 5177 (tygxánō) means “to strike, hit the bulls-eye” (“spot on”).
Accordingly, it is used in classical Greek as the antonym of harmartia (“to miss the mark, sin”)

 

AMEN! sin means “miss the mark”. intercede means “hit the mark”

Look unto Jesus the one “interceding for you” His prayer is powerful and effective

Jesus causes us to HIT THE MARK. Jesus makes it as if “I perfectly hit the bulls eyes”. therefore we are as righteous, as holy, as sanctified, as perfect as Christ is.

as Jesus is right now, so are we right now!

 

1 John 4:17 (ESV)

17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world

Now, who’s EARNEST prayer does God hears? Look below

 

Luke 22:44 (NIV)

44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground

 

earnestly in greek is ektenesteron/ektenés – to stretch out, to reach at maximum potential, without slack

that’s the only place in the new testament I found the word “earnestly” use literarily

Question: To whom shall you put your trust?

In your wavering faith? in your “earnest” prayer? unreliable self?
      or
To the solid rock, unshakable Man, Jesus?

 

Therefore, what is earnest prayer?

Earnest prayer is saying what God says. when God says “you are righteous though Christ” simply believe it! it shall be as it is! amen!

we seem to find it hard to believe that we are righteous by merely believing and no earnest work, no earnest prayer, no earnest effort performed on our part. but no, we are righteous because of Christ. amen.

Earnest prayer comes after believing in the Finished work of Jesus, by then all our prayers are effective and powerful for Christ did it already

The Prayer of The Righteous MAN Jesus is powerful, powerful and very very effective. amen and amen!

– grace and peace

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