Elijah Prayers!

Dry mountain desert.“Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.”   James 5:17-18.

How often do you pray the hard prayers? You know, the ones that are directed by God but will lead to hardship or difficulty for you. Elijah was able to pray for the rain to stop and then to restart 3 1/2 years later because he was praying in obedience to God. This period of drought and famine was hard on Elijah, as well as the rest of the nation. Yes, God provided for the needs of Elijah but it was not an easy time for him, or for anyone in the nation.

Elijah was just like us in his nature and human-ness. His prayers were not answered because of a supernatural ability that he had. He was not empowered with a miraculous gift of controlling the weather. No, what he had is something that is available to all of us. He had a close and personal relationship with the living God. He could pray big prayers and receive big answers because he knew God well enough to know what God wanted. He was so familiar with God’s character that he could pray relying on God to be faithful to who He is.

How often do we settle for small prayers because we don’t know God well enough to have confidence in asking for big things? Or have we settled for small prayers because we have prayed big prayers in the past only to receive small, or no, answers because we were praying according to our will and desires rather than God’s?

I pray that you pursue God with such passion and energy that you are able to more fully grasp the nature, character, and will of God so that you can pray Elijah prayers knowing that God will answer beyond what you can think or imagine. When we pray calling on the character and nature of God, while we remove all selfish motives and hindrances, God will answer in faithfulness and truth according to our desires for His will to be done. But be ready. While God’s answers are often big, they are not often easy. Nor are they without challenges and difficulty for us that our faith may increase and abound.

Since Elijah was a man just like us, may we be people just like Elijah!

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