And he (Elijah) prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit (Jas. 5:18 KJV)
Elijah prayed for rain in a time when the nation of Israel was going through a terrible famine. There was no harvest for food and water became very hard to find. The land was barren, harsh, and unproductive. The nation of Israel was in obvious distress. Interestingly, the famine was due to one simple fact: there was no rain in the land.
Please remember that God’s recorded scripture is so much more than just a story. Scripture is intended to communicate key spiritual principles. The verse above is packed with insights to teach us what causes spiritual barrenness and unfruitfulness. Your heart is God’s terrain, rain is the blessing of God’s Word and Spirit. The fruit God longs for includes love, peace and joy, while the fruit we crave are blessings such as spiritual fullness, prosperity, and healing.
When there is no rain, the land is dry, hardened and barren. When rain falls, the vegetation flourishes with beautiful colors and nourishing fruit. This is your life and mine. In the absence of God’s Word, there is drudgery, darkness, emptiness and lack. When nourished by His Word, we bloom in every area.
God mercifully gives us the secret key to unleashing rain from heaven. Elijah prayed and rain was given. This is why you should take your prayer life seriously. Prayer brings rain from heaven.
Can we experience the same victory in prayer as Elijah, or is this reserved only for special individuals (See. Ja.5:17)? Is your life in famine, or flourishing under the rain of heaven?
APPLY THE WORD
The application of the devotional above is straightforward. Take your prayer life seriously for your own good. I seriously meant what I wrote, and I wrote it for your own good!
Ask the Spirit to help you get a revelation and an experience of prayer. Pray that a fresh passion for prayer will come upon you that will triumph every excuse and reason not to pray.
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