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Pattern for Prayer (16 of 16)
Series: Christianity and Shoe Leather
Dr. Stan Coffey
I.THE PERSON OF THIS PRAYER
II. THE PLACE OF THIS PRAYER
III. THE POSTURE OF THIS PRAYER
IV. THE PASSION OF THIS PRAYER
V. THE PERSISTENCE OF THIS PRAYER
VI. THE POWER OF THIS PRAYER
The Bible gives us an example here in Verses 17 and 18 and then I want us to turn to the Old Testament and quickly tonight look at that example before the discussion of our budget because I believe there is something tremendous to be gained from this passage of scripture. I know that there is.
It says, "ELIAS, that's really Elijah, WAS A MAN SUBJECT TO LIKE PASSIONS AS WE ARE, AND HE PRAYED EARNESTLY THAT IT MIGHT NOT RAIN: AND IT RAINED NOT ON THE EARTH BY THE SPACE OF THREE YEARS AND SIX MONTHS. AND HE PRAYED AGAIN AND THE HEAVEN GAVE RAIN AND THE EARTH BROUGHT FORTH HER FRUIT."
Now I want you to look at First Kings Chapter 18 beginning with Verse 42 because the New Testament writer, James, is referring to the example of Elijah in the Old Testament and he is telling us that just as God answered the prayer of Elijah of old, God will answer our prayer.
And it is very important, he said Elijah was a man of like passions as we are and yet God answered his prayer and so we can expect God to answer our prayers when we pray rightly. "The fervent, effectual prayer of a righteous man availeth much."
Now the prayer that James is referring to when he said Elijah prayed that it wouldn't rain and it didn't rain is the time when the people of Israel had sinned and because they had sinned, God through His prophet, Elijah, caused it not to rain upon the face of the earth.
That was God's judgment on the people and the earth turned to brass, the heavens completely closed up, there was no rain for the space of three and a half years. And folks, it got mighty, mighty dry; I mean the king was ready to try anything for rain. It was dry.
When God got ready to lift that judgment ...
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