The Practical Force of Fervent Prayer

James 5:16 says:  “The effecive, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

It is not the arithmetic of our prayers, how many they are; not the rhetoric of our prayers, how eloquent they may be; nor the geometry of our prayers, how long they may be; nor the music of our prayers, how sweet our voice may be; nor the logic of our prayers, how argumentative they may be; nor the method of our prayers, how orderly they may be; nor even the divinity of our prayers, how good the doctrine may be;–which God cares for.  Fervency of spirit is that which availeth much.
Bishop Joseph Hall

Quoted by D. L. Moody in Prevailing Prayer (Chicago:  F. H. Revell, 1884), 81.  I’ve also included this quote in my own book, My All in All.  Click here for more details.

PS – The noted Christian scholar and preacher, Spiros Zodhiates, passed away this week.  For his obituary, click here.