2018-01-11 - The Same Power
James 5:17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. 18 Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit.
The power of prayer has been on my heart recently. There are times when we feel helpless and unable to affect anything positive in a situation like cancer, the death of a child, or other serious events. We have access to God's throne room. Look up the first seven or so verses of chapter four in the book or Revelation. There is a description of the throne room and worship of the Creator. (Rev 4:1-7)
Imagine walking in the front of the throne and kneeling before the Creator with your petition. From wherever we are we have that kind of access. Our prayers are delivered as we kneel in our bedrooms, kitchens, studies, backyards, … wherever we are. Our prayers do not have to be long and eloquent. They can be. God loves to hear our praise and our requests. If we are asking in His will, inline with His plan) we can engage the power of Heaven. Sometimes it is enough to submit to God's will in a difficult situation. That level of trusting that He has a plan and is in control can be difficult.
Elijah "prayed earnestly" to bring Israel back from worshiping idols. For more than three years rain did not fall for more than three years time. He said he stood before the God of Israel (1 Kings 18:1). We often apologize when the only thing we have left to offer is prayer. But our priorities are backwards. Even if we do try other things to help, starting with prayer - for guidance, wisdom, etc. - would be the correct order.
Rom 8:10-11 If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
Lord - Please teach us to reach out to You first with Praise and thankful hearts for all You do for us. Then hear our requests knowing that they are heard, even though the answer may not be what or when we would like it to be. Help us to trust your wisdom and plan. Amen.
Grace & Peace,
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.