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.

And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
James 5:17-18

There is a kind of prayer that provokes the release of signs and wonders. It is not necessarily long drawn, neither must it be accomplished with shouting. The prayer that avails much is heart-seated. It is this type of prayer that releases tremendous power, which is dynamic in its working. That is how The Amplified Bible translates James 5:16:

...The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].

It is this type of prayer that triggers off the miraculous. When you pray sometimes, even as the prayer is leaving your lips you know it is nothing but a religious rite, because it is not arriving at God's throne.

But when your whole being is involved in praying, you actually succeed in arresting heaven's attention. It is not really how long you spend praying that matters, but the content of your prayer. Let's have a look at some successful praying people in the Bible and how they made it through to God.

Hannah

The woman Hannah was indeed one to be pitied. She had been barren for years, and to make matters worse, she had a rival who provoked her sore. Tormented and afflicted, Hannah went before God and poured out her heart to the Lord.

And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.

And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli marked her mouth.

Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken.

And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.

And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord.

...And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the Lord remembered her.
1 Samuel 1:11-15,19

As she prayed, her mouth moved, but the words she uttered could not be heard. Yet she was praying from her heart and it released enough power to break the chains of barrenness.

You can say something to God from your heart, that will change your destiny. All that is required is for it to emanate from your heart.

Hezekiah

In Isaiah 38, king Hezekiah was sick unto death. God sent prophet Isaiah to inform him that he would surely die. Isaiah was God's recognised mouth piece then. Whatever he said was so. Yet Hezekiah refused to give up, he turned his face to the wall and cried to God and the answer came speedily.

In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live.

Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the Lord,

And said, Remember now, O Lord, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.

Then came the word of the Lord to Isaiah, saying,

Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years.

And I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria: and I will defend this city.
Isaiah 38:1-6

His prayer could not have been more than 60 seconds, yet it caught heaven's attention. There's no point playing the religion of futility. Even if you have been praying for 19 days, it does not automatically result in answers. What is most vital is that your prayer connects the throne of God. Once that connection is made, signs come straight away. Hezekiah adopted the wise approach to prayer, based on Isaiah 43:26:

Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.

He put God in remembrance, recalling how he had walked with Him with a perfect heart. And that did it. God sent Isaiah back to cancel what He had earlier said.

There is no need for showmanship in prayer. It is not how well you can compose prayers for people's applause, but rather, saying a prayer that comes from your deep and ascending to God.

Mark you, Hezekiah did not ask Isaiah to join him in a prayer of agreement. He knew he had access to God by himself, and God added 15 more years to him. This is how to gain access to God's hotline for a release of the miraculous.

Elijah

Elijah had a very profound ministry, backed up by signs and wonders. He is also a reference point for effectual prayer. While the priests of Baal were cutting themselves with knives, crying and shouting, Elijah simply prayed for about 60 seconds or so, and the fire of the Lord fell, consuming the burnt offering, water, wood and stones! His prayer was short, but it was heart-seated, so it connected with the source and a miracle followed.

And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.

Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.
1 Kings 18:36-37

Jesus

The prayer Jesus made that raised Lazarus from the dead was just a few seconds long, yet it had enough power to bring a dead man back to life.

Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
John 11:41

Prayer is not a religious jamboree. You can settle down and set yourself to connect with the throne of God. Once you position your heart aright, you will never miss your target in prayer.

All the connections I have taught so far are vital in making your prayer gain access to God. The name of Jesus guarantees your access to God, purity ensures the sustenance of that access, while faith assures you of results.

The Word is what gives you confidence that God cannot turn you back and the Holy Spirit helps your infirmity when you are disorganised and don't know what to pray about, so you can hit your target correctly. It's a whole network.


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