The Power Of Regurgitating Scripture
“The effectual, fervent prayer of the righteous man availeth much.” — James 5:16
Prayer is our most powerful tool in communicating with God. Focused, unceasing, and fervent prayers that emanate from our spirit core move God to respond to His children.
Regurgitating God’s Word or scripture back to God is a springboard to launch us into a more centered and focused prayer of what we need or are asking Our Father to do. From that launch pad our prayers must be in accordance with God’s Will, intense, unceasing, physically and emotionally draining and meaningful.
“This is the confidence that we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His Will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have what we asked of Him.” — John 5: 14-15
The power of regurgitating scriptures that align with the basis of our ‘asks’, is that it ensures that our prayers are in alignment with God’s Will. Yet the scripture itself isn’t the ‘ask’, just the foundation in accordance with His Will. What is in your heart, your need, want or desire is the ‘ask’ and the structure that rests atop the foundation.
The goal of effectual prayer is not to ask for frivolous things, but to align our will with God’s. Jesus gives us the best example of this when He is about to subject himself to The Cross. Jesus’ physical nature did not want to endure the brutal pain that He would have to suffer and die for us to be reconciled back to the Father, but He knew it was The Only Way for our redemption. So He began His effectual, fervent prayers found in John 17 also known as His “High Priestly Prayers,” to align His will with God’s.
In life, sometimes we pray for God to perform a miracle and fend off death from a loved one suffering from cancer or facing a deadly illness or physical suffering. I know when my mother suffered for years with debilitating Lupus which wrecked havoc on her physically then had a massive stroke I entered into a period of fervent prayers asking God to extend her life. Unable to speak, she wrote on a piece of paper a note to me to “let her go” that she wanted to and was ready “to go be with her Savior.” How very selfish I felt at that moment. I began to ask God for forgiveness for my selfish desires that were not in alignment with His Will for her life or her own. She was at her death the oldest surviving Lupus patient known and had been one of the earliest ‘diagnosed and studied’ patients at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). But her strength and will was at this critical juncture in her life was in alignment with His as she knew and understood His heart better than I at that time, so my prayers changed that His Will be done concerning her and she be released to be with Him once more.
The lesson I learned is that what we should be praying for ALWAYS is that God’s Will be done. We must begin to pray in alignment with God at all times!!! Which means acknowledging that He knows better than us how or what the end result should be. Now this does not mean that we do not pray for those who are suffering to be delivered or restored. No, not at all!!! It just means that we preface or end those effectual, fervent prayers with “but Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
God responds to those prayers because we have acknowledged Him, we have demonstrated that we understand His heart and we have aligned our will to His. Remember too not to ‘twist’ or misconstrue scripture to force fit it into your situation. Studying God’s Word is the best way to learn and know God’s heart!