In James 5:16-18, Christians are encouraged,
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. 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.
This sermon, the sixth in a series on the life of Elijah, is drawn from 1 Kings 18:41-46, where Elijah boldly claimed God’s promise to once again send rain upon the earth (1 Kings 18:1). It explores how modern readers of the Bible ought to approach and apply the thousands of promises contained in the Bible. And it seeks to draw practical lessons from the historical text that can help us in our own prayers.
- Elijah made an effort to separate himself that he might focus on communicating with God.
- Elijah humbled himself under the mighty hand of God.
- Elijah was persistent in his approach to God’s promise.
- Elijah fully expected the fulfillment of the promise based on the faithfulness of God.
Remember, the prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working!
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