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When I think of great men of prayer, men who accomplished great things for God, I think of Elijah. Here is a man who called down fire from heaven, brought a widow's son back to life, ran faster than a horse, traveled 40 days and 40 nights on the strength of one meal. When he came to the widow's house he told her to feed him and when she did, here jar of flour and oil did not run dry until the famine was over. He personally and boldly stood up to the wicked King Ahab and Queen Jezebel. This man didn't even die. When it was his time to go, a chariot of fire came down and took him up to heaven in a whirlwind.
C.H. Spurgeon once said, ''Prayer pulls the rope down below and the great bell rings above in the ears of God.
Some scarcely stir the bell, for they pray so languidly;
others give only an occasional jerk at the rope. But he who communicates with heaven is the man who grasps the rope boldly and pulls continuously with all his might.''
The message of the Bible will never become a redeeming and victorious and liberating truth to you and the sermons you have heard will never become liberating and redeeming truth to you until you learn the art of prevailing prayer.
I am sure that is why James said the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James is known as a man of prayer. We are told that when he died that when preparing his body for burial they found callous on his knees because he spent so much time on his knees in prayer before the Lord.
James states his proposition and then he takes an illustration right out of the past to illustrate the proposition that he has spoken.
Now he says the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much that is his proposition. But then for an illustration he calls attention to Elijah.
He said Elijah was a man of prayer. And such a man you know that to be true. You study the story in the Old Testament you cannot possibly escape ...
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