Gene Cunningham - September 11, 2000

Elijah #3

When we see ourselves as the Bible presents us, anyone else looks like a saint unless we are blinded. Prayer takes us into the realm of impossibility (1Ki 17:17-24, Mat 14:26). We want to pray logical prayers. The Bible reveals only those things we need to know (Deu 29:29, Rom 11:33-34). If you are going to mine the riches of the wisdom of God we must step out in faith. There's isolation and condemnation in suffering (1Ki 17:18). Elijah's prayer is bold (1Ki 17:19-23, Heb 4:16). Prayer is secret (Mat 6:6, Psa 91:1, Col 3:1). God performed mighty acts through Moses (Psa 103:7). Elijah recognizes God's sovereignty and human frailty (from the widow's point of view). Jehoshaphat prays this way (2Ch 20:1-30). If Elijah didn't pray the widow's son would not have come back (1Ki 17:22). God has reserved the right to do things based on prayer. The triumph of prayer - inexhaustible giving and inexpressible joy (1Ki 17:23-24, Jam 1:17). Only the intercessor knows the joy of answered prayer. Elijah "prayed earnestly" -- fervent praying includes all the realm of prayer - confession, thanksgiving, supplication, requests, intercession (Jam 5:17, Mat 7:7)

Scripture References: Matthew 6:6, Matthew 7:7, Hebrews 4:16, James 5:17, Romans 11:33-34, James 1:17, Deuteronomy 29:29, Psalms 103:7, Matthew 14:26, Colossians 3:1, Psalms 91:1

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