“Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain,and the earth produced fruit.” James 5: 17,18
What sort of person does it take to pray effectively? James offers Elijah as a model. Most people would say; well of course Elijah could pray, he was the great prophet that was used mightily by God. He took on evil Ahab and Jezebel. He brought the judgement of drought upon the land, called fire down from heaven and was translated to heaven in a fiery chariot. But notice that James said that Elijah was a man with a nature like ours. The New English Bible says, ” he was a man with human frailties like our own.” Knox says, ” a mortal man like our selves.” We would say today; he was a common person like you and me.
Apparently Elijah did not pray because he was a great man; perhaps he became a great man because he prayed. James gives us some practical reasons why Elijah’s prayer life was so effective:
#1. He prayed; You can not be effective in prayer unless you actually do it. Many folks hear it preached and talk about it but never get around to it. #2. He prayed fervently. #3. He prayed effectively. Another words, he expected results when he prayed. #4.He was a righteous man[5:16] He was confident in his relationship with God and refused to allow sin to hinder that. #5 He prayed specifically.
There is no reason that any believer today cannot pray using the same principles as Elijah did. Imagine what God might do in our world if all Christians began praying like Elijah. So, take your place Christian. The Bible say’s that God’s ears are open to your prayers. Is there something that you need to happen in your life that requires God’s intervention? He is just waiting for you to ask him something. Don’t be amazed when you see awesome results; because it doesn’t take a prophet of God to have an amazing prayer life, it just takes a child of God that is willing to pray.
You are loved with an everlasting love, Mike