Mon, 22 May 2017 23:44:50 GMT
Have you ever noticed that 1 Kings 17-18 does not actually state that Elijah prayed about the drought and then the rain that returned?
However, we know he did offer prayers in this regard, for James writes the following:
"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" (James 5:17-18).
The teaching that James is illustrating is located in the verses prior:
"Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 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" (James 5: 13-16).
That James points to Elijah and that event as an example to encourage us in our prayer life today is rather amazing. He explains that Elijah was not some kind of superhuman, but was just like us. But again, you can read through the accounting of this event and there is nothing stated about Elijah praying.
But we do find the following:
"Now Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, 'As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word'" (1 Kings 17:1).
"So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Mount Carmel. And he bowed himself down on the earth and put his face between his knees" (1 Kings 18:42).
Is there a connection between these words and prayer? I suggest that we at least consider such...
So are you standing before Yahweh, the God of Israel this week? Are you bowing with your face between your knees (at least metaphorically, if not literally) before Him?
Tue, 30 May 2017 11:09:58 GMT
The power of God through prayer ...