James 5

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Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.

– James 5:17-18

Sometimes we read the stories of the Old Testament, and walk away with an exalted view of the individuals spoken of in them. But Elijah, one of the great prophets of old, was a person with a nature just like ours. What made him special? It wasn’t him, it was the God in whom he trusted, and petitioned persistently in prayer.

If anything, the lives and victories of individuals like Elijah should compel us to be more diligent in prayer. God still works mightily, in and through His people, and as E.M. Bounds once wrote, “Where prayer is focused, power falls.”

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