“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!” James 5:17 (NLT)
This is an hour to lay aside wimpy prayers! It is time to up our game, to increase our intensity, to step into earnest prayer! The word earnest can be defined as a serious or intense state of mind toward a purpose, intention or effort. There is a sense of gravity and seriousness that comes with it!
Elijah was a man, just like us! He wasn’t effective in prayer because he was a prophet. He was a great prophet because he was diligent in prayer. Your prayer impacts the story of your life that you get to write. Will it be powerful or nothing? The difference will be your prayer life!
Immediately following the showdown with the prophets of Baal, where he totally annihilated them, Elijah told Ahab to hurry back to town because the drought is being broken. His prophet word had to be enforced through his prayer. While Ahab scurried off, Elijah got into a serious prayer time until the cloud began to form in the distance, signaling the end of 3 1/2 years of no rain. It was his prayer that broke the drought, not the prophetic word about the rain! And it’s our fervent prayer that is powerful and effective! This is the hour to launch into a new level of intercession. Please, do not miss this moment. Join the prayer movement crying out for revival.
You can join us at AHOP each Thursday from 6 to 8pm as we read, pray and worship our way through the book of Acts. Or you can join us on the second and fourth Thursday from 10:30 to 11:30am at Contending for Revival. Or you can start a little prayer group with some of your friends, or at your church. But please consider pushing the boundaries and doing a little more than you are doing right now. This is an hour that calls for earnest prayer!
Ask the Lord to grant you a grace to pray more earnestly. Ask Him for a sense of gravity over the day we are living in and a grace to pray more. Ask Him who you can join with to increase and intensify your praying. Ask Him to stir up others at your church to increase in prayer. Specifically ask God to move upon your pastor to increase in earnest prayer privately and with other pastors!