Pray Like a Prophet

Pray Like a Prophet

"Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years! Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops." -James 5:17-18

When we think of the prophets, many of us think of old men with staffs walking around predicting a gloomy future. That might be kind of true, but they were much more than that! Prophets were men who heard the voice of God and spoke with Him. More than anything, prophets prayed. Take a look at any of the prophets in the Old Testament - Isaiah, Jeremiah, Elijah, Ezekiel, Daniel, etc. - All of them communicated with God. Isaiah was shown a vision of God's throne room in Isaiah 6:1-13. God was looking for someone to send out to Israel, and Isaiah answers Him eagerly, saying, "Here I am! Send me." He responded to the Lord's call in eager prayer. Jeremiah has a full conversation with God when he is called to prophesy in Jeremiah 1. He is not afraid to ask God questions about the prophecies He is making (see Jeremiah 9:12 for example). Elijah not only prays for a drought and - after three and a half years - rain; in 1 Kings 17:17-24, Elijah prays earnestly to God, asking Him to bring a woman's son back to life. And it says, "The Lord listened to the voice of Elijah." Daniel prayed with his windows wide open, even though it was illegal, and he prayed earnestly when he was thrown into a den of lions. God heard his prayers and rescued him.

All of the prophets were in constant communication with God. Were the prophets not men of prayer, I don't believe they would have been prophets. Their language and approach to conversation with God shows a deep familiarity with God's voice. Their prophecies and miracles confirm that God listened to them.

The same can be true for us. We are no different than the prophets. James 5:17-18 says, "Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years! Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops." (For the full story, check out 1 Kings 17-18) The more we pray, the more we become familiar with God's voice. Prayer isn't about asking for things or healing people or reciting liturgy (even though there is a time and place for these things); prayer is about relationship with God through communication. It fosters intimacy with our Creator, and leads us to better understand God's heart. As we begin to see God's desires more clearly, we can then pray bold prayers, knowing that He hears us and is our advocate. Brothers and sisters, pray long, pray hard, and pray to get to know God better. You'll find God blessing you with great revelations. In other words, pray like a prophet!

Matt KellyComment