HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
This is a great day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice in it until the time is no more. God has brought us thus far and we are not going backwards, but forward is our only way.
If we are not careful, we can look at those mentioned in the pages of Scripture with an unrealistic standard for real-world, day-to-day living. People like the prophet Elijah who performed many miracles, from raising the dead to calling fire down from Heaven can feel so far removed from the way we see ourselves and our walk with God. But, the New Testament writer, James, brings our perspective into check by simply pointing out that “Elijah was as human as we are”. He was just like us. He knew what it was like to be disappointed, depressed, and discouraged. He had his own struggles and battles that he fought every single day. So, what made Elijah’s life so different from ours? How did he see such great miracles take place? The game changer was that he was a man who prayed fervently.
God did incredible miracles in Elijah’s life and many other notable figures in the Bible because those people sought Him through passionate prayer. The great people of the earth today are the people who pray. I do not mean those who talk about prayer, nor those who say they believe in prayer, nor those who can explain prayer, but I mean those people who take time and pray.
As we embrace the call to fervent prayer, there is no doubt that God will do great things through us as he did through Elijah. Elijah fervently prayed, and it did not rain for three and a half years. Then he prayed again, and it began to pour down rain from Heaven. If God answered the prayer of an ordinary person like Elijah because he prayed earnestly, we can have confidence He will also answer us as we call on Him!
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. 17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.