Does your prayer life have life?

“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.  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.  Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.”  James 5:16-18.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading: 2 Kings 18-19, 2 Chronicles 32, and James 5.

James makes a statement and then provides a confirming story.

God knows all about us.  He knows where we’re coming from when we pray.

If I am carrying known sin, then I have some broken relationships to deal with.  The people involved and God must be dealt with first before praying.

Once I’m clean my prayers are at the best level.  This does NOT mean that I’ll now get anything I ask for.  God will always be the final judge.  Answered prayers are the ones I offer that are in synch with His will.

I am now flashing back to a prayer that God was pleased with.  It was Solomon’s after God told him to ask for whatever he wanted.  This was Solomon’s request: “Give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong.”  –  1 Kings 3:9.

How do I know that God was pleased with that prayer?  1 Kings 3:10.  Check it out for yourself.

I have thought often of how I could offer a prayer similar to Solomon’s.  What I’ve come up with goes something like this: “Lord, give me, your servant, a discerning heart so that I can manage my life in a way that pleases You.  Enable me to get right and wrong right as I go through today.”

Elijah proved to be a great prayer role model.  There is nothing beyond God’s reach.  No person He can’t overtake.  No situation He can’t change.  Elijah prayed with conviction.  Will you and I?

“Father, You are above all.  Forgive me for minimizing Your influence.  You are a great God.  Cleanse me of sin so that my prayers will increase in effectiveness.  Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.”

How could your prayer life improve?  I think we need to start with where we are in our relationship to God and others.

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