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  1. Ekenena E.K
    July 17, 2012

    Thanks. This is short and simple but helps me. God bless you.

    • dpeach
      July 17, 2012

      I am glad this was a help. I keep bumping into this thought in church and with friends. I continue to see new truths in these words. I will have to write a follow up post sometime with my thoughts.

      Thanks for your comment Ekenena.

  2. Jacob
    September 5, 2012

    Yeah, this is awesome. Thanks so much. I’ve been reading about “Father Nash” with Charles Finney and how they were deeply impacted by this verse. God is highlighting it again. Thanks so much.

  3. rob
    November 4, 2012

    Been musing on this scripture myself recently due to a big family problem that touches the heart and emotions– and frustrated at not seeing or understanding Gods answer. Especially when trying to see the fulfillment of promises made by God in his word. In reflection on this verse is the availing and effectiveness to do with the specific restoration of relationship between believers rather than a general principal for all prayer? We know that unity of the brethren is on the Lords heart so in this case we know we are praying the Lords will. There are many prayer matters that it is hard to be fervent about as we are sometimes remote from them. Fervancy is often from the heart rather than just the mind and words.The other problem in this verse is “righteous man”. Ok if you can get Christ to intercede for you! Certainly makes you want to get things right with God and get washed in the blood and have Christs righteousness imputed to you–at least god can listen to your prayer then. Fellowship with God is broken if we are living unrighteously-even as believers. Bless

    • dpeach
      November 5, 2012

      Thank you for your comment Rob.

      You raise a couple of good questions. One is the question of whether this commentary on prayer is for all prayers, or only applicable to prayers for restoration of fellowship with one another. I would take it as a commentary on all prayers as it is consistent in other teachings on prayer. Specifically in the prayers of those who prayed persistently (Luke 11:5-13; 18:1-8).

      And your other question pertained to who is righteous. Of course we go to God through Christ as our mediator. My righteousness is not from myself, but because of what Christ has done on my behalf. I think maintaining good fellowship with the Father is important. In Sunday School at my church we are going through 1 John and discussing the great fellowship we are afforded in Christ with God. It is a wonderful book to study.

  4. Marlin
    December 16, 2012

    I to have been praying over family matters, mostly my wife wants a divorce after 34 years of marriage. This verse is one of the ones I have read regularly for months. At times I am confused with what is going on and what I read in the Bible. This helps explain some. There has been no affair by either of us, just a lot of emotional hurt. Pray for us. Thank you

    • Don
      January 22, 2014

      Marlin, my heart goes out to you so I am praying for you with passion.
      If you two really belong together, then lean into fervent prayer like a WARRIOR and refuse to give up…plus — ask her why she wants to leave, and see what you can learn.
      I had to study the female mind, and I was shocked to learn how their needs are different than ours.
      I actually married the wrong person, and when we parted it was the greatest thing that ever happened to me!
      We are with you.

  5. Rev. Thomas
    February 18, 2013

    “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”.
    This well quoted verse makes me ask a leading question. What is true prayer?

    Jesus said an hour is coming and is already is,when the true worshippers will worship the Father in Spirit and in truth. James is talking about a person, a righteous person who knows how to pray.This id someone in right standing with God who has experienced the forgiveness of God.That is why James previously says confess your faults to one another. No ill will or unconfessed sins should be allowed to hinder our prayers ad God is a Holy God.
    Effectual prayer is one that is driven by the Spirit of God. When wr know not how to pray,the Spirit helps us how to pray,with groanings that cannot be uttered. God is actually praying through us. God’s power can achieve anything. So the prayer will be powerful and effective,bringing a desired result.Only a righteous person has a good enough relationship with God to allow the Holy Spirit to birth powerful ,effective prayers through him or her.

    • disciple john
      May 11, 2013

      Jesus said an hour is coming and is already is,when the true worshippers will worship the Father in Spirit and in truth.
      its the same thing jesus is talking about.. the person….jesus was talking about the temple…the physical temple in jerusalem…when the the hebrew people were divided into two kingdowms ..northern and southern after solomon. the northern kingdowm built their own place of worship on the mount for the people not to go to jerusalem and worship (God did not accept their politics). This is what the woman was telling Jesus..that you say that its in jerusalem that they should worship instead of their own mount…
      so when jesus said the hours is coming and it is now…talking about the new covenant coming to action …after his death and resurrection and the pouring of the holy spirit on all flesh as promised by God in joel. Now instead of the physical building….Gods purpose from eternity was made known…that is “we are the temple of the living God because Gods spirit is dwelling in Us” ..so since God is a spirit only a spiritual man can pray to God..The spirit in you …not the flesh…
      That is why it is very important to praise worship to fill up the spirit in us.
      let me know ..how best to talk with you on questions with my comment….thank you jesus for this person..

  6. Dean
    March 27, 2013

    Thank you! Looking at this inevitably links sin to many problems,therefore before proceding with prayer,the one who sinned need to confess their trespass, whoever then prays for then should pray in relation to their confession(be specific no miss direction) thus producing the desired results,this effective prayer should not forsake fervency(passion/desire for change) lest the lack of fervency/desire make the prayer ineffective. Sum-confession precedes prayer,effectual,fervent prayer precedes results.

  7. disciple john
    May 11, 2013

    ” While our prayers probably should not be “violent, impetuous and furious”
    I think you are missing the point here with your above quote. This is one of the reasons why we are having many unsolved problems among believers…when you make a comment like that…it means you are now trying to give your own opinion about what the word of God should mean or what it should mean.. The holy spirit that directed these people to write these thoughts ..literally wants the thoughts to be understood they way they were understood then ..not the way english or any language or theologian for that matter will define it..it literally means hot ..violent and the meaning that that word carries..please do not comment on the word of God when it is so clear..
    compare what elijah did…that was a violent,hor, furious prayer he did ” he shut the heavens down for 3 and half years ” basically putting the keys in his pocket for there and half years. and then prayed again ..then there was rain in the land…
    please be careful…lets God’s word speak for itself..
    do not make God A lair.
    he is not talking about ice cream prayers here…. he is talking about a righteous man’s prayers…. “a righteous mans prayer” is what the accent should be on.
    let me know if you have issues with my comment and may the lord almighty open your spiritual pipes and fill you with his wisdom in Jesus Mighty name.

  8. Tony Gamez
    May 14, 2013

    My thoughts on it are when we pray for something that is in line with the word and will of God that is am effectual fervent prayer instead of praying for something worldly like more money or nicer things etc. That is what I thought l after reading your thoughts on that verse

  9. ApostleMelinda
    December 24, 2013

    I totally agree you have to pray from a point of passion and the prayers we need are almost aggressive ht fire flamed prayers….. The tree of leg is guarded by a flaming sword which makes me realise that to that to that place you must go through fire, a flaming sword and a refining which is life lessons…. The product of this is one whom submits to Yahweh and will pray from a throne room point and released kingdom prayers in authority and dominion and see a manifestation of what has been prayed… After all if we are in His image we should speak and then see as He spoke then there’s was!

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