“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is very powerful
in its effect. Elijah was a human being as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the land.
Then he prayed again, and the sky gave rain and the land produced its fruit.”
Sometimes when I read the Bible, I find myself putting the people on pedestals. In fact, I can do that to the point that I find them unrelatable. I do not know what it is like to call down fire from heaven like Elijah. I do not know what it is like to see someone who is dead, take breaths of life again like Elisha witnessed. I do not know what it is like to see a young man who never walked suddenly leap to his feet and begin to jump around like Peter witnessed as he went to the Temple. I do not know what it is like to hear the Lord’s voice in a burning bush like Moses. I do not know what it’s like to experience the Lord battle against the enemy with hailstones and extend the daylight like Joshua. So, in these areas, I find them unrelatable.
Then I read the book of James and he reminds his readers, “Elijah was a human being as we are, and he prayed earnestly.” Suddenly, we relate. Maybe I relate more than I thought. I may not have called down fire from Heaven, but I have seen the power of God called down and intervene in marriages, in health situations, and watched the Lord transform someone’s battle with depression and anxiety. While I have not raised someone from the dead like Elisha, I have seen someone raised spiritually from death to life in Jesus Christ (Eph. 2). While I do not know what it is to see someone able to walk miraculously; I have seen some folks walk miraculously through the fire of trials, hardship, and difficulty, rejoicing in the presence of Christ. While the Lord has not spoken to me from the burning bush, He has called me to preach the Word and serve the church. While He has not extended days supernaturally in my life or rained down hail on my enemies, I have watched Him fight battles ahead of me, answer prayer, and quiet storms as they raged in personal matters.
Church, prayer changes things. While it is amazing to relate to the great heroes of faith. The fact that the Lord relates to us in Christ Jesus, that he speaks to us through His word and in prayer, and that He sympathizes with us in our temptations, this is grace. Let’s continue to pray. Let’s continue to see God work. Let’s continue to cry out to Him in desperation, remembering that Elijah was just a human being like us. God is working at Woodmont Baptist Church – Let’s keep praying!!!!