And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit (James 5:18, KJV)
Elijah, the great prophet of Israel, prayed, and there was no rain in the land for three and a half years. He prayed again, and there was an abundance of rain. That is what prayer can do. When many of us read recorded events like this one, it is easy to brush them off because that kind of results seems to be way out of our current Christian experiences.
The verse above teaches us that there is power in prayer. It is a weapon in our hands. Today, the prayer that gets results seem to be a rare occurrence. There is an abundance of prayer, of all sorts and at all times and in many places but the results that go with those prayers are often lacking. Some Christians have given up entirely on the issue of prayer because it seems to be failing to hold up to its promises of results. Well, the scripture says the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous man makes tremendous power available. Irrespective of your experience with prayer, God’s Word should rule. The fact that we, including you, have not always obtained the kind of results with prayer we hoped for does not mean God’s Word is not true. As I always say, we are still learning this road God has called us to walk on.
I do not always see the kind of results I know I should be getting with my prayers. This is no way makes me waver from the Word. I know there is more I need to learn and figure out how prayer works. That is likely true of you too. Do not give up on prayer. It is one of the most powerful tools in your hand to command a change. Ignite your prayer life and let it glow. Jesus said :
“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint” (Luke 18:1, KJV).
Why did Jesus say we should not faint or grow weak in prayer? It is because we can grow weak or discouraged in prayer! It is because He knows there will be times we will pray and it would seem as if nothing is happening. However, things are changing spiritually and the key is to continue praying and not to stop!
Have you also become discouraged in prayer? Has it become a religious routine that is empty and not delivering the “breakthroughs” it promised? What does Luke 18:1 quoted above mean to you?
APPLY THE WORD
Some of you need to clean your prayer rooms and get it ready again for action! Refuse to be discouraged in prayer. Rather, you will ask the Lord for a fresh spirit of prayer to be poured upon you and for the grace to not be discouraged until that rain of power, God’s presence, righteousness, breakthroughs, healing, etc from heaven falls on your life!
Ask the Spirit to help you overcome every discouragement in prayer in your life. Pray that your zeal for prayer will be heated up again and that you will begin to see results in your prayer life.