Do You Pray Like Elijah?
“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.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.”
(James 5:13–18 ESV)
Prayer, to many of us, is a mystery.
We do it, but we’re not sure why.
We spend a lot of time and theological effort explaining why we should pray and then more explaining why we don’t see many results from that praying.
I find much of that to be disingenuous…because of passages like the one above.
Not only does it promise physical and spiritual healing through prayer, it states that every one of us has power like the prophet Elijah.
How do you interpret passages like this?
Do they encourage or discourage you?
Do you pray?
If you pray what are your expectations for prayer?