A prayerful life is a powerful life.
Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years! Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops.” James 5:17-18
What was it about Elijah that made his prayers, his life, so powerful and effective
1. Elijah learned to be completely dependent on God. Elijah was in hiding from the evil King Ahab. He had no way to meet his own needs. He was completely at the mercy of God himself, doing his best to walk in obedience. And God, Jehovah Jireh, provided as only He can.
2. Elijah prayed boldly for God-sized miracles. Elijah the prophet walked up to the altar and prayed, “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, prove today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant.” 1 Kings 18:36, 38
3. Elijah’s prayers pointed the world back to God. “O Lord, answer me! Answer me so these people will know that you, O Lord, are God and that you have brought them back to yourself.” 1 Kings 18:37
4. Elijah prayed fervently until he saw the answer. Elijah had prayed the drought into existence. Now, it was time for the drought to end. We must remember that it is God’s faithfulness that we are calling on, his character. It’s about a God who longs to connect with us, to help us in our time of need. We must have faith that He is willing and able to do far more than we could ever ask or imagine. We must remember prayer is about ordinary people calling on an Omnipotent God.