“I can’t do it!” My five-year-old collapsed on the floor in tears, overwhelmed by the task at hand. Even with my coaching and encouragement, she had become exasperated with her efforts at writing the alphabet. No big deal, you might think, but this wasn’t an assignment from her teacher—this was...
Elijah… prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain. James 5:17
Here are six observations about Elijah’s prayer:
Jesus says, “Go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret” (Matthew 6:6). “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). What do you know of this?
2. Promised: The word of the Lord came to Elijah… “I will send rain…” 1 Kings 18:1
Cultivate the practice of praying God’s promises. Pray with an open Bible, and as you read, turn what God says to you back to him in prayer.
3. Pray: Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain. James 5:18
Why should we ask for something God has already said he will do? Because what God has promised will be done through your prayers. We’re God’s fellow workers (2 Corinthians 6:1).
4. Precision: He prayed fervently that it might not rain. James 5:17
Do you know what you have asked for after you’ve prayed? How would you know if your prayer was answered?
5. Passion: Elijah prayed fervently… James 5:17
Prayer can easily become separate from real life. What Elijah asked for mattered to him. Let all the pressures and challenges of life drive you to pray.
6. Persistence: [After] the seventh time… 1 Kings 18:44
After praying the 70th or the 700th time you can get tired of praying! Jesus taught his disciples not to give up (Luke 18:1).
This excerpt is from LifeKEYS Daily, the new daily devotional from Unlocking the Bible. Request your free sample copy of LifeKEYS Daily.