A Thought From the Intentional Living Center
Powerful, Purposeful PrayerDr. Randy Carlson When you determine to make prayer a daily, dynamic part of your life, your heart will change, and others will be impacted by your actions. Prayer in Scripture 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. In response to Elijah’s intercessions during a time of severe drought, “the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.” (James 5:18 NIV) How many lives were literally saved through God’s answer to 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.