Category Archives: Earnestness in Prayer

3 Levels of Earnestness in Prayer – from Matthew 7:7

  Matthew 7:7 says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”  This verse suggests three levels of intensity in prayer: asking, seeking, and knocking. The first … Continue reading

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8 Ways to Develop Earnest Prayer for 2019

  On this Christmas day, and soon to begin the New Year, I think it would be a great idea to start developing a more earnest prayer life. Here are some ideas I have put together. Merry Christmas!    Ask … Continue reading

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Three Reasons Why We Should Pray With Earnestness?

  We could probably come up with several reasons to pray with earnestness.  Here are three that stand out to me. First of all, we should pray with earnestness because of our great need for God.  Truth has gone out … Continue reading

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Pretending to Pray with Earnestness

   When I was young, I vividly remember sitting in church during prayer time, looking around, seeing how people were praying. I remember especially my mother, how she seemed to be very sincere, and even at times crying. I think … Continue reading

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Earnest Prayer: a study of the greek word agonizomai

Agonizomai.  This word means to struggle, to wrestle with, to contend or compete with an adversary.  In Colossians 1:28-29 we see that Paul labored and struggled (agonizomai) with all the energy of God, which was working (energeo) in him, to … Continue reading

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Earnest Prayer: a study of the Greek word energeo

Energeo.  We said earlier that earnestness, by the word ektenos, conveyed the idea of not relaxing in effort.  Well, energeo carries on that idea but goes further.  Energeo brings the idea of work being efficient, effective and productive.  In prayer … Continue reading

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Earnest Prayer: A study of the Greek word eklenesteron

  This is my second installment of four on this study of earnest prayer—which are excerpts from my book Principles of Prayer.  Eklenesteron.  This word has basically the same meaning as ektenos, except with this word the intensity of earnestness … Continue reading

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