Your Prayer Makes Great Things Happen
‘ When a believing person prays, great things happen. Elijah was a human being just like us. He prayed that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years! Then Elijah prayed again, and the rain came down from the sky, and the land produced crops again.’
— James 5:16–18 NCV
If you have taken on the name of Christ, you have clout with the most powerful being in the universe. When you speak, God listens. When you pray, heaven takes note.
When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in Heaven goes into action. — Matthew 18:19 MSG
Your prayers impact the actions of God.
For proof, consider the story of Elijah. He lived eight centuries prior to the birth of Jesus. The Northern Kingdom had twenty kings, each one of whom was evil. The evilest of the monarchs was Ahab.
His life is described in this sad summary:
There was never anyone like Ahab, who sold himself to do evil in the eyes of the Lord, urged on by Jezebel his wife. He behaved in the vilest manner by going after idols, like the Amorites the Lord drove out before Israel. — 1 Kings 21:25-26
This was as dark a time as we ever read about in the history of Israel. The leaders were corrupt, and the hearts of the people were cold. But comets are most visible against a black sky. And in the midst of the darkness, a fiery comet by the name of Elijah appeared.
The name Elijah means “My God is Jehovah,” and Elijah lived up to his name. He stood up to King Ahab (Read 1 Kings 17 and 18)
As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word. — 1 Kings 17:1
Elijah’s attack was calibrated. Baal was the fertility god of the pagans, the god to whom they looked for rain and fertile fields. Elijah called for a showdown: the true God of Israel against the false god of the pagans.
How could Elijah be so confident of the impending drought? Because he had prayed.
Nine centuries later the prayers of Elijah were used as a model.
James was impressed that a prayer of such power came from a person so common. “Elijah was a human being, even as we are” (James 5:17), but his prayers were heard because he prayed, not eloquently, but earnestly. This was not a casual prayer or a comfortable prayer but a radical prayer.
Beloved, no matter how terrible the economy is, no matter how corrupt the system is, no matter how bad the political leadership is, the earnest, radical prayer of a child of God will soar high above.
(Adapted from Unshakable hope by Max Lucado)
Dear Heavenly Father, I ask and receive grace to be fervent, earnest and passionate in prayer. I repent of easily giving up, doubting you and been too afraid to ask for big things. Make me a person of prayer. My trust and confidence are in you. Let your presence be my lead today and always. In Jesus Christ’s Name, I pray. Amen.