James has been writing about the power of prayer in the Church…
Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. (James 5:17)
We have all prayed for the rain to stay away on a particular day, so our special event would not get washed out. But who would pray for a drought to last three and a half years? Well, you can read this part of Elijah’s story in 1 Kings 17-18.
What does it mean that Elijah was a man with a nature like ours? I believe it means that he was a regular person like we are. (We read in 1 Kings 19 of an occasion when he fought depression and fatigue.) He was no super hero, but he believed in and prayed to a super God!
Again, I would like to stress that God is all-powerful. He can do anything He wants on His own, but He has chosen to work through our prayers. There is great power in prayer, but that power does not come from us; it comes from God, to Whom we pray.
When we pray, we are inviting God to act. That is why the key to a great prayer life is having a great relationship with Jesus. The closer we get to the Lord, the better we will understand what His will is. We will start getting more “Yes” answers to our prayers, because we will better know what to ask for in prayer.
Today’s Good News is that normal people can pray powerful prayers in the Name of Jesus, our Saviour in whom we believe.
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
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