by Dr. Sylvan A. Lashley
“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”. James 5:16.
You’d like to get a full prayer result, something unusual and different, wont’ you? Next week, my guest colleague will share how he prayed for a dead man, continuing one half hour after the man’s death; the man awoke alive, to the consternation of doctors and nurses. Miracles still occur! I’ve come to realize that our prayers are sometimes fashioned by objective reality. We pray in the realm of possibility, rather than in the realm of the impossible which is where miraculous prayer belongs. There is a prayer equation that governs all:
| EFP + RM = AM
(Effectual Fervent Prayer) + (Righteous Man = (Availeth Much–Result)
Effectual or effective means capable of producing a result and when delivered with fervency, spirit and conviction, it lends to the quality and nature of the prayer. This means that there is an extraordinary, out of the logical realm of possibility prayer, delivered with zeal and gusto and energy. It is that type of prayer that appears irrational to some, the type of prayer that ascends beyond the mere logic of the committee room or board room, the type of prayer that will raise eyebrows and concerns. Yet not every person may deliver such a prayer for it is only a person who is close to God but whose righteousness to him is as filthy rags, that can deliver such a prayer. The righteous man is outside of self, and at one with God. Such a combination of prayer and the type of deliverer is bound to have a result that is outside of the normal.
Years ago I spent time as president of two Adventist colleges—I remember praying each night for God to send us the salaries, and they came month after month, consistently. Faculty asked me, “who gives you this money?” I would shrug my shoulders. We need big, unusual, illogical prayers that push back the boundaries of faith. We need no puny prayers. Small prayers indicate that we have small vessels, which can hardly hold the blessings that God wants to pour out. God blesses and answers prayer outside of the realm of the possible, for He is a God of the Impossible, and that’s where our equation goes to work. Promise me that you’ll pray for the impossible, outside of objective reality. Lead us to a place…”The Prayer” and “Pray On“.