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Yours and Elijah's: Answered Prayers Series

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Prayers are never left unanswered; there is always a response: Yes, No, or Wait. The Word says that to God “a thousand years is as a day,” so maybe His “wait” seems long especially when our timelines feel so very different. Even though your prayer may already be answered, maybe today it does not feel like it has been. Elijah is here to encourage us. As the Bible says, He was a man of “like passions” as we are, in other words, he was merely a man with the same downfalls and struggles and passions that are found in our souls. These encouraging words can be found in James 5, where it speaks of Elijah’s experience in prayers answered, the types of prayers he prayed, and also instruction on how to reach for the level of prayer he attained.  

16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 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 land for three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit. 

First, James instructs us to confess our offenses to one another, clear the air of sins, forgive one another, THEN pray for each other! By looking at verse 16, we can see that if we are seeking healing for ourselves the key is to confess your wrongdoings to those to whom you have done wrong and to PRAY for THEM, not ourselves. We find this also in Job 42:10, where it states, “And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also, the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.” If we are seeking healing for ourselves and our nation, we ought to consider praying for our brothers and sisters in other nations that are suffering horrendously compared to our current cushy situation.  

This verse also states that the effective prayer of the righteous is fervent. We are to look in the mirror and examine our hearts. Are we found righteous in God’s sight? Are we covered in the blood? Are we pursuing purity and right-mindedness while meditating on His laws? If not, we can attain righteousness by asking the Lord to purify us, search our hearts, and transform our minds by the Holy Spirit. The next key is found in the word “fervent.” The effective prayer of the righteous man is fervent. This prayer is not stated as “eloquent” or “perfect” but rather “fervent.” Here is the definition of fervent: 
fer·vent 
adjective 
1: very hot: GLOWING
2: exhibiting or marked by great intensity of feeling: ZEALOUS

I ask myself, “Are my prayers passionate? Are they full of intensity? Can I describe my prayer life as utterly zealous?” We can only answer these personally, but if we find our prayers don’t carry these marks, we always can come to Christ asking humbly that He would cause our prayers to be fervent so that our prayers may be answered as Elijah’s were.  

As I mentioned before, Elijah was a man just like we are, yet when he prayed earnestly even the rains from the heavens would either stop or flow! I pray for us here at America Pray Now as well as all Christians everywhere that we would somehow press on to attain those effectual, fervent prayers. 

May we start on that path pursuing righteousness, confessing wrongdoings, praying earnestly for one another, and asking that the Holy Spirit would help us pray in utter fervency for the sake of lost souls, our country, His kingdom, and His name!
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