How To Have a Breakthrough Prayer Life
By: Roberts Liardon
Notice James says, “The effectual FERVENT prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16 (KJV)
What does it mean to pray fervently? It means that your spirit, soul and body are functioning together in the arena of prayer.
When you’re praying, does your mind wander all over the place? Does it write up a list of things that you have to do when you get through praying? Is your body always tired and wanting to sleep or is it always hungry and wanting to eat? If you allow that kind of activity to go on while you are praying then your house is divided and it won’t stand. (Luk 11:17) That’s why many people’s prayers do not avail.
Disciplining Your Soul and Body
To be fervent, you have to train yourself just like a runner trains for the Olympics. You have to train your body to cooperate when you’re praying and you have to train your mind flow with your spirit.
When your body gets bored, it wants to eat, sleep or be entertained. That’s why when you get on your face before the Lord to pray, your body begins to fall asleep! You have to learn to discipline your body my brother and sister!
I learned this in the early days of my prayer life. When I’d get down on my face to pray, I’d fall asleep! And when I tried to kneel and pray, it wouldn’t be long before I’d be sitting. From sitting I would move to laying and before I knew it, I was asleep! So I learned to discipline my body by walking when I pray. I still do it that way to this day.
Like your body, you mind gets bored too. When your mind gets bored, it wanders all over the place or it wants to make lists!
When I first started praying, my mind would come up with a list of about forty things I had to get done. So I thought, “I’ll just keep praying in tongues and write them all down.” About thirty minutes later I had written a page-and-a-half of notes!
I realized that my soul was being rebellious! It didn’t want to pray, it wanted to make lists! There was a constant war between my spirit and my soul. Finally I said to my soul, “You’ll make no more lists during prayer time for the rest of your life!” When I did that, my soul began to cop an attitude! It would pout and rebel against my spirit!
Most human souls are arrogant towards God. In order to pray fervently, you have to humble your mind and make it obey your spirit.
“Well, I need an anointing to do that.”
No! You just need to talk to your crazy brain!
When I would pray from the scriptures my brain would say, “Yah, right! Do you really believe that?”
Then, when I would speak in tongues, my soul would mock and make fun of me. “What did you say?” it would jeer.
This is reality for many Christians in their private prayer lives. That’s why their prayers don’t produce results.
How to Spank Your Brain
Here’s how you spank your brain: You do what it doesn’t want to do on purpose, out loud, and a whole lot! That was how I would whip my brain. I’d speak in wild Chinese tongues and read those long Old Testament names! Then I’d say, “Mind! If you keep fighting me today, I’m going to pray for fifteen minutes more! Not only that, but I’m gonna let the Holy Ghost pray through me in the wildest tongues He can give me! And when I get done with that, I’m gonna read Old Testament names out loud just to show you who’s in charge!” My mind fought me, but I did it anyway and my mind finally leaned who’s boss!
You see, there is a determination in your spirit that your body and soul doesn’t have. If you’ll tap into that determination in your inner man, you can use it to discipline your soul and your body. That’s what it means to be fervent; your spirit, soul and body are in total agreement and operating as one in the place of prayer.
Praying From Your Position of Righteousness
Let’s look at this scripture again in James five. Notice Paul said, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
You cannot prevail in prayer if you’re fighting condemnation all the time. You cannot prevail in prayer or get a breakthrough if you’re always feeling like God is against you or that you’re an unrighteous person. Feelings of guilt, condemnation and unworthiness will completely undermine the power prayer in your life.
We are righteous because of a gift that God gave us called the gift of righteousness. (Rom 5:17) We are righteous because of the blood of Jesus which cleanses us from ALL unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
The word all means all, folks! Don’t excommunicate yourself from where God included you and never refuse to receive what God’s Word says belongs to you!
You are righteous because of what Christ did for you on Calvary, not because you’re “holier than thou” or because you saw four angels! Those things don’t make you righteous! You’re only righteous by believing in what Christ has done for you on the cross and acting as if it is so. That’s called faith.
If you’ll learn how to pray correctly, fervently and from your position of righteousness in Christ Jesus, your prayers will begin to avail much and nothing will be impossible to you!