The Necessity of Prayer :: 05

Welcome back to part 5 in my series on E.M. Bounds’ book about “The Necessity of Prayer.”

This week, the chapter of study was on “Prayer and Fervency.”  Fervency could also be thought of as intensity, passion, or fire.  A couple of the key points from the text that I thought were particularly poignant were “fervency helps prayer by creating the right atmosphere for prayer to flourish in” and “Coldness of spirit hinders praying”.  Throughout the chapter, Bounds kept hammering on fire, fire, fire, fire, fire.  It was clear that he believed that prayer without fire was the next best thing to a waste of time.

I think that fire is a particularly interesting word to compare something with.  To me, fire is associated with heat, and that brings to mind a (hopefully) illuminating (forgive the pun) illustration.  Physically speaking,  coldness is simply a lack of heat.  Its not an entity of its own.  We always discuss temperature as if it sort of hovers around the zones we’re comfortable in, generally, around 50 degrees Fahrenheit, plus or minus 60.  But, did you know that the lowest temperature physically possible is just a few hundred degrees below our comfort level (around -459.67 degrees Fahrenheit).  I know that sounds like quite a bit, but, compared with the surface of the sun (around 9,940F), we can see that we’ve got it quite nice.  Then, finally, the interior of the sun is around 24,479,540.3 degrees Fahrenheit.  Yes, thats right…I double checked…nearly 25 MILLION degrees Fahrenheit.

What I’m trying to point out here, is that fervency, like temperature, has no real upper bound.  You can always get more on fire for the Lord.  You can always draw nearer to him. Similar to what Bounds said, Coldness of spirit is likely to indicate the lack of prayer.  I’m convinced now that the more we pray, the more we will find ourselves in possession of these many facets of prayer, regardless of whether we started with them.  If commit to prayer, you will find that you have more faith, that you begin to trust, that you find your desires in line with his, and that you begin to have fire and passion.

What more will come?  What else will we learn?

I don’t know, but I’m beginning to get excited about the possibilities!


~ by brianackermann on 2010-04-12.

2 Responses to “The Necessity of Prayer :: 05”

  1. What does the Bible say about being on fire for God? I can personally get very excited about prayer and praise but I don’t do a lot of jumping around. The characters in the new testament seemed to put there fire in devotion, in the physical world. Always doing more and wanting to do more for Christ.
    What do you think? How do we check our passion, what does it look like?

  2. You are quite right. There is nothing of value to God in our inflated words and high emotions. You might call that ‘false’ fervency.

    Here’s another quote from this book that might be helpful.

    “It takes fire to make prayers go. Warmth of soul creates an atmosphere favorable to prayer, because it is favorable to fervency. By flame, prayer ascends to heaven. Yet, fire is not fuss, nor heat, noise. Heat is intensity–something that glows and burns”

    If you think of it in terms of fire, you’ll be about right. Prayers of high emotion is like fire on a pine stick. It blazes brightly for a brief moment, but, is quickly consumed by the flames. A fire from oak logs, however, is slower to burn, and when the flame has consumed the log, it leaves behind the coals, which will remain hot for a very long time.

    If you want to know if you’re passionate about the things you’re praying about, look to see if you keep praying about them, or if its just a one time only deal.

    The post has a bit more on this topic of persistence.

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