Praying Like the Prophets (13 of 14) by Ernest Easley

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Praying Like the Prophets (13 of 14)
Series: Christianity in Shoeleather
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
James 5:16-18
October 21, 2007

So ... how is your prayer life? If you could put measure it on a scale of 1 to 10 .. with 10 being the best it's ever been .. how would you score it? 2? 4? 8? What does your prayer life look like today?
And while you're taking a look at your prayer life .. what about your prayer effectiveness? Would you consider your prayer life effective? Are your prayers accomplishing much? And if not .. why not?
What would you say if I told you that it's possible for you to pray like the prophets? Well .. that's what we find Pastor James talking about as we come near the end of our study under the heading: CHRISITIANITY IN SHOELEATHER.
Take your Bible and join me in James 5. Beginning in verse 13 .. the topic plain and simple is PRAYER. We read in verse 13, "Let him pray." Verse 14, "let them pray." Verse 15, mentions "the prayer of faith." Verse 16, "pray for one another" .. and, "fervent prayer of a righteous man." Verse 17, "he prayed earnestly."
Now I can identify with that when James said of Elijah that "he prayed earnestly." All of my prayers are Earnest prayers! Verse 18, "And he prayed again." Seven times in six verses we find the word "pray or prayer or prayed."
So .. how's your prayer life? Somebody said that "the man who studies the Bible without praying will develop a good mind and a cold heart. The man who prays without knowing scripture will consistently pray outside the will of God, for that is where His will is revealed."
What we need is a balance of scripture and prayer .. scripture and prayer. And if anybody understood that balance it was the Old Testament prophet Elijah. In fact .. James is about to use him as an example as we think together about ..

Praying Like the Prophets
James 5.16-18

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