Saturday, October 20, 2012
I want to talk today about effective prayer. It is so important prayer life, but even more important that it is an effective prayer life. Prayer is one of the most effective ways to communicate with God. It allows us to express our issues, concerns, dreams, hopes, love and devotion toward God and his word. While prayer is a command, and his promises are true, there are some things we should know about prayer. Along with things we should know we are going to talk about Elijah. Elijah was a man that prayed. He was appointed king of Israel and while God had given him instructions, he had somethings along the way that he had gone through that required him to pray. I use him as our example today because He was king during a time when the people were worshiping a god called Baal. People including those that knew God were Turning towards this god. Why? Because they stopped praying. They stopped seeking God's face. As stated earlier Prayer is our conversation with God. Talking with him. Consulting with him. As long as we stay in constant prayer with God, we will always have his ways and thoughts in our minds. So Elijah was sent there to turn these people back to God. In Elijah's prayer it was powerful and turned many people back to God. God Heard his prayer was please and answered him. I recommend reading all of Elijah's story in 1 Kings.
1 Kings 18:36
At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. 37 Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”
38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.
39 When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The Lord—he is God! The Lord—he is God!”
40 Then Elijah commanded them, “Seize the prophets of Baal. Don’t let anyone get away!” They seized them, and Elijah had them brought down to the Kishon Valley and slaughtered there.
Elijah was a man of great faith in God and had a rock solid prayer life. He also prayed that a widow's son live and he was brought back from the dead. ( 1 kings 17:17-23) He prayed to God and God answered him. Why did God answer him? Elijah had a few things in order, that we must have in order to have an effective prayer life.
1. Our prayers will not be answered unless we have a sincere, true faith. ( Mark 11:24)
2. Authority in prayer is in Jesus' name. ( Jn 14:13-14) We must pray in his name. It is in him name that our mourning is turned into dancing. It is his name that we have healing and peace. It is in his name that we are saved and set free!
3. Prayer is effective when it is in harmony or agreement with God's word ( 1 Kings 18:1)
4. We must also be living in harmony with God's will if we expect him to answer, also pray in agreement. Only when we seek him first and his kingdom. (Matthew 6:33) ( 1Jn 3:22) A God fearing and obedient life( Elijah)
5. We must be persistent in prayer and faith for our prayers to be effective. ( Luke 18: 1-7) (Matthew 7:7-8).
When Elijah received the prophetic word that rain was coming he still persisted in prayer until the rain came ( 1 kings 18:41-45) .
Activate your prayer life today and make it effective!
Father God I pray that you help us in our efforts to continue to communicate with you. you so desire that conversation with us that relationship and friendship. Help us to understand your word that you give us and to apply it to our life. you are so awesome! Thank you for your faithfulness in answering our prayer. I claim that I have an effective prayer life! I thank you for enabling me to have such a wonder tool to use to be more strong in you. In Jesus name I pray Amen.