There are times in our lives when we think the problems we face are unique only to us and no one else is going through the same thing or ever experienced a similar difficulty. It is also true that we often see the problems others face being solved and we think they are more spiritual or know more than we do. Is fervent prayer only done by elite people? Is it not open to anyone who knows the Lord and calls on His name? Consider Elijah’s FERVENT PRAYER.
“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. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit” (James 5:17–18).
Our concern may not be rain or bringing God’s judgment on an unfaithful nation, but we have the same opportunity as Elijah, to pray fervently about any situation in order to see God answer. We are men and women with the same nature as Elijah. The question I ask myself, and now ask you; do we really understand what fervent prayer is? Are my motives pure? Elijah prayed as he did because he felt God’s heart regarding Israel. In 1 Kings 17 to 18, Elijah was under God’s direction; going from place to place, crying out to God in fervent prayer, and God answered. From raising a dead son to consuming his offering and defeating the prophets of Baal, Elijah trusted God to answer when he called. If we are committed to let God’s heart govern ours, we will pray fervently.
What makes prayer powerful is dependent on how much we want to be with God and feel the conditions of our surroundings as He does. True, Elijah had his moments of doubt, but the power of his ministry was evident because he walked with God against the tide of unbelief and disobedience. How do you pray for matters of concern? Are you first alone with God to know His heart?
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