The Effectiveness of Your PrayersBro. David Chancellor
4/14/2002 6:00 PM
Those who have given their lives to prayer have made a difference in this world.
This was given to make the point that the effectual fervent prayer availeth much. Elias (Elijah) was just like one of us. He could have feelings and be discouraged just like we do. Those who have done a great work for God have had to encounter some of the same things we do. When Elijah prayed this way, it wasn't because he just liked sunshiny days. He prayed this way because of the condition (spiritually) of his country. They needed the issue of God settled; to be convinced there was a God and that his word was true. He was concerned that the people weren't as they should be. Elijah prayed for both conditions - no rain and rain. He saw that God could do both.
1 Kings 19:1-4, 14
"Elijah was a man of like passions such as we are." Elijah was discouraged. Even after all he had seen God do, he was discouraged. While all mankind experiences these things, Elijah made a difference because he prayed. It is the same for us. Many don't see the workings of God done in the world around them because they won't pray. If we will get hold of God, his presence can be felt in our world today.
1 Kings 17:1-4, 20-24
Would you have the courage to say this? Elijah said that the Lord he counted on had put the situation in his hands this way, "It won't rain until I say so." If we will make a statement such as this, we better make sure that it is from God. Ahab became convinced of this when the rain stopped. Elijah wanted Ahab to get the point that he [Ahab] was the problem and that there needed to be a change. When God spoke, Elijah went. If your prayers would be effective, you had better act when God speaks. When you go to prayer, be prepared to listen and act on what God tells you. God had sent Elijah to Ahab to say what he said. He told Elijah to go to the creek, and the ravens would feed him. His needs were supplied. His prayers were effective because he put his trust and confidence in God and obeyed him. When Elijah obeyed God, not only he, but the widow and her son also benefited. Having her needs supplied didn't get through to her like having her son restored did. Can people say of us what she said of Elijah, "Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in thy mouth is truth." The presence of God won't be seen in your life unless you spend time with God in prayer. The widow, because Elijah prayed, understood some things and believed some things about God. If we serve God, his presence will be seen in every aspect of our lives.
1 Kings 18:36-39
Elijah had the people's attention because of what God had worked. His focus was that the people's heart be turned again to god. Pray that the hearts and minds of people would be focused on God. The people were convinced. We would that our lives be convincing. If our lives would be convincing we need to do it through prayer. Our prayer life needs to be a close interaction with God.
Elijah had told him it would be according to his word (at the direction of God). He had confidence that he was doing what God said. Be faithful and do what God tells you. This is possible through prayer. Elijah was a man just like us, but through is prayers, he was able to make a difference in his day. Prayer is just as effectual and available to us today as it was to Elijah. We should make our lives a life of prayer.