Do you believe that prayer is effective? Do you employ it hoping that it just might work this time? Do you believe that anything is possible with prayer?
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 NIV)
James gives us an example from 1 Kings 17 and 18 on how powerful prayer can be. But we have to remember that prayer is not a magical incantation. It is not an “in” to the Big Guy. It is an open and direct communication with the Creator of the universe and the Savior of your soul. He can do anything. What makes Elijah’s prayers so powerful was that he was continually in communication with God. He began to get a better understanding of God and His personality. When prayed that it would not rain, it was not out of being bored that day. It was because he knew God was ready to perform such a miracle and Elijah was saying that the land was ready (might not be willing, but they were ready).
When we get closer to God and humble our hearts to Him, we begin to see a shift in our prayer life. We begin to not pray selfishly. We begin to listen more instead of talking His ear off. We begin to pray for things that are beneficial instead of satisfying immediate desires. We begin to be more Christ-like.
How is your prayer life? How do you pray with your Lord? Do you want to change that?