Category Archives: Earnestness in Prayer

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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Earnest Prayer: a study of the Greek word ektenos

  According to Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, this Greek word “[comes] from a verb which means to ‘stretch out the hand,’ thus it means to be stretched out.”  In prayer, it conveys the idea of praying fervently, without ceasing and not … Continue reading

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Earnest Prayer

The following article is an excerpt from this book.   Generally speaking, to be earnest means to be sincere and serious.  When one prays with earnestness, he prays showing deep sincerity or seriousness; thus, he is determined, fervent and intense … Continue reading

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Desire in Prayer–Four Ways Desire Aids Us in Prayer

The following article is an excerpt from this book.   The way I see it, the way God gets a hold of us and brings us to into prayer is by first creating in us a desire for Himself and … Continue reading

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