An earnest prayer is a prayer that declares what God has already spoken as the result of fellowship and communion with God. James said Elijah prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain for three and a half years. When Elijah prayed that it would not to rain, in 1 Kings, it said he was a man that stood before God and Elijah simply stated what God had said, and it did not rain.
James also said Elijah was a man with a nature like ours. His personality and temperament were like those of people today who face challenges, problems and concerns. Elijah stood before God, he had been in the presence of God and he knew God’s word. Elijah had a heart for God and his people. Some people may want to be like Elijah who was able to cause it rain and to call fire from heaven but do not realizes thatElijah stood in the presence of God and that he spent time with God to know His word and His will.
James 5: 17-18 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit. NKJV
Prayer is a conversation and communication of praises or requests addressed to God, who is the focus and recipient of our worship, love, devotion and adoration. Earnest prayer is simply declaring what God has already spoken from a heart of love and faith. It is not just the regurgitation of words without meaning or without a relationship; it is decreeing a truth out of love for God and His creation.
Prayer is more than us telling God all about our troubles and it is not a one way conversation. Some people believe prayer is just us telling God what we want, what we need and what we want Him to do for us, but that is not so. Prayer is communion and interaction between us and God it is a close and intimate relationship. Earnest prayer is a conversation and an instinctive response to a loving and personal relationship with God as we experience His fellowship and as He becomes part of our daily lives.
Earnest prayer is saying what God says about a matter with confidence and faith. Earnest prayer is being and having such a close relationship with God that we understand His heart, His thoughts and His will on a matter and then declaring the matter as fact and truth.
Elijah was a man that stood in the presence of God. Elijah knew God’s word and proclaimed it to men and kings and he was a man who was quick to obey the word of God. Elijah communed with God and knew that there would be no rain, because the people had turned away from their God. We too can be intimate with God by reading and hearing His word, by being in His presence and discerning His word, which increases our faith and trust in Him.
1Kings 8:35 “When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against You, when they pray toward this place and confess Your name, and turn from their sin because You afflict them,
1 Kings17:1-3 And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word.” Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. NKJV
God’s heart is always toward the people and the souls of men. Though the people had turned from Him and worshiped false gods, God Jehovah would not leave them in their depraved state. Elijah demonstrated the love and power of God before the people. He instructed them to turn back to God and he interceded for the people to God asking that He would forgive them.
1 Kings 18:21 And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word.
1 Kings 18: 37-38Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again.” Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench. 39 Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!”NKJV
Elijah asked the people to consider their ways and to choose between God and Baal, a false god. Elijah would demonstrate the power of God before the unbelieving people and lead them to commit and to believe in the true and living God. Even though the people deserved judgement and the wrath of God, because of their sins, Elijah knew God’s heart and His love for the people.
God is merciful and full of grace toward His creation. Elijah prepared an offering to God on behalf of the nation and because of the love of God, His wrath and judgement fell upon the sacrifice and spared the people even though their actions deserved judgement.
We too can choose to stand in the presence of God, be quick to obey His word and to have an intimate relationship with Him and to know His will. We can speak the word of God to declare His truth and His word to unbelieving people and see the power of God turn their hearts back toward Him and the love of God through Jesus Christ to save them.
We are to point people to Jesus, the ultimate sacrifice of God. Who received the wrath of God and took all the judgement until it was finished and complete. We are to intercede to God as kings and priestson the behalf of the lost and the people of the world.
This is the responsibility of every true believer of Christ to pray earnestly as Elijah. As kings we are to operate in the authority of God as His children, as prophet to proclaim the word of God to the nations and as priest to intercede for the people to God.