A Thought From the Intentional Living Center
Powerful, Purposeful PrayerWhen you mentally determine to make prayer a daily, dynamic part of your life, your heart will change, and others will be impacted by your actions. The prophet Elijah was identified in Scripture as a man of God, chiefly because he was first and foremost a man of prayer. When the apostle James chose to write about prayer, he used Elijah as an illustration of powerful, effective prayer. Because of Elijah’s intercessions in a time of severe drought, “the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.” (James 5:18 NIV) Who knows how many lives were literally saved through the answer of Elijah’s fervent prayers?
Elijah’s prayers had purpose because:
- He was in regular communication with God.
- He prayed for God’s will to be accomplished, not his own.
- He was persistent, never giving up.