Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.
“Earnestly – with sincere and intense conviction; seriously” (Definition from Oxford Languages)
Let me tell you friends, let us pray! Elijah’s story and testimony in the Bible is one of my favorites. I was having a discussion with myself about prayer and just asking God will things get better – with COVID…and then I came across this verse and this literally gave me hope!
I like how the verse starts “Elijah was a human being, even as we are”. He was human and so he didn’t have any superpowers to stop the rain, but He served a miracle working God – whom He had direct access to, and who had the power to do that which He was praying for. Therefore, with that understanding why am I praying to God? Is it so I can say that I prayed or because I know that He has the power to answer my prayers?
Then the word of God continues to say that “he prayed earnestly”. I did a quick google search to understand what “earnestly means” – and as stated above this means that Elijah prayed with sincere and intense conviction, he was serious about his prayer. Are we serious about our prayers? Are we sincere?
Like I said in last week’s post there is so much wrong and negativity in the world – and the other day I told a friend of mine “we need to pray”. I didn’t say it just to end the conversation or sound “holy” – no, I said that because I believe in the power of prayer, and I know that He hears our prayers, and that He has the power to answer our prayers. But how serious are we about our prayers? Are we convicted enough to turn to Him?
After we pray, let us be ready for the answers! Was thinking how sometimes we pray for the less fortunate and we could be able to bless someone with a meal/s – that is the answer! As we pray let us ask God for wisdom, and for courage to do as He says, and respond to His answers!
Let us pray sincerely and seriously this week and the days to come – the world needs our prayers, and the world needs He that will answer our prayers! Imagine what you want to see (describe your faith), and then pray for it, receive it, and do as He says!
May our prayers be pleasing to you, answer our prayers O’God!
Thanks for reading and have a prayer filled week!
*I finished writing this word of the week – and I felt it in my heart to share that prayer is not just a feeling – it is our way of life. Pray when you feel like it, but pray when you don’t feel like it as well!