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What Is It to Pray? (4 of 7)
Series: Recipe for Revival
''I my people who are called by may name shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven and I will forgive their sin and I will heal their land.'' Now today we come to that phrase ''and pray''. And pray. We're going to look at James chapter 5 and we're going to look beginning in verse 16. Turn to the book of James chapter 5 as we consider the phrase ''and pray''. We've look at ''if my people who are called by my name'' and last Sunday ''shall humble themselves'' and now we're going to look at this phrase ''and pray'', shall humble themselves and pray. What is it to pray? Well, here is one of the great prayer passages in the Bible. I'm thankful that everywhere in our church that prayer is breaking out. I believe that God is sending a great revival. I believe that great revival is on the way. I believe the Lord is going to send great and mighty things. I believe the Lord is going to move in a powerful way like we've never known in the life of our church. That's saying something because our church has known some great and mighty and powerful days. I believe God is going to do some things that are going to be so unusual and powerful and mighty that we'll have to stand back and say, ''Only God could accomplish this.''
In James 5:16 notice these words. ''Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain and it did not rain on the land for 3-1/2 years. Ago he prayed and the heavens gave rain and the earth produced its crops.'' Now here's a man who prayed that God would send his judgment in such a form that it would not rain for 3 ½ years and when God had demonstrated sufficiently that He was the source of Israel's supply, that He could withhold rain or give rain, h ...
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