Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 27, 2014

Prayer of a Righteous Man

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

James 5:17-18 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.

A prayer of faith results in miraculous results. Yet it says Elijah was a man with a nature like ours. As we look as Elijah’s life we see he continually struggled to keep his life aligned with God’s covenant promises and threats. He lived his life in the understanding of the covenant God had provided, the commandments given to the Hebrews through Moses. But even with this, how could he have enough faith to pray for a drought and know when to pray for the drought to end? Elijah listened to both the commitment to obedience to God’s commands of the people around him and to the promptings of God through God’s commands through Moses. The people weren’t obeying God. God put into His commands the results of disobedience. Elijah read, understood and believed what God said and prayed for it to take effect. Today we have it easier. We have more than the commands given through Moses by God. We have God’s Holy Spirit and the written word, the Holy Bible given to us by God through His dedicated followers. We can pray the prayer of faith with the boldness and confidence of Elijah if we have read, studied and meditated on the written scriptures and asked and listened to the interpretation revealed to us through His Holy Spirit. To do this we must be up to date on our confessions and forgiveness (refer to the devotion entitled “Spiritual Breathing.”). This takes time. It takes commitment. It takes obedience. Through following Jesus we have His righteousness. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

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