James has been writing about the power of prayer in the Church. Yesterday he mentioned Elijah, who prayed that it wouldn’t rain, and it didn’t rain for three and a half years…
Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit. (James 5:17)
As I write this, millions of people in the eastern United States are dealing with Hurricane Florence. Many of them may not see rain as a good thing right now, so a devotional on the blessings of rain is a little bit awkward to write. However, this is a good reminder that our world is under the curse of sin. Things like hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis are some of the “groanings” that Paul writes about in Romans 8.
Even though extreme weather is a fact of living in this imperfect world, rain as God created it is a wonderful thing. In fact, rain is often used as a symbol of God’s blessing. Just like Elijah prayed for rain, we are encouraged to pray for God’s blessing.
Today’s Good News is that God loves to work through prayers, and He loves to rain blessings upon His people. So believer, pray for rain!
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
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