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DEVO 09.01.23

DEVO. 09.01.23

“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.” (James 5:17-18)

- There is power in prayer! - We are told in verse 16, “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” - The Amplified Version says it like this, “The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].” - And then our example is Elijah, but the best thing about Elijah is that “He was a man with a nature like ours” - That verse gives us hope. - In other words, His prayer life is attainable! - If He is like us, then we can have this kind of a powerful prayer life, regardless of you past success or failures in your prayer. - Today is the same 24 hour day that Elijah had. - Today, you have the same flesh that Elijah had. - Today, you have the same blood coursing through your veins that Elijah had. - If he had a powerful prayer life, then so can you. - The question is, Have you prioritized your prayer life like Elijah did? - When problems come, what is your first response? - When problems continue, do you continue in prayer or reach for the next best option? - There is no substitute to prayer. - Prayer is your access to your Heavenly Father and access to His Kingdom! - It’s through prayer that you will know His heart and discover His will. - Is your prayer heartfelt and persistent? - Does your prayer life shout, “I’m not giving up until I grab ahold of all that God has for me”? - Is prayer the most important thing on your “To Do List”? - What if you were told that it was illegal to pray? Would you still pray? - If you were told that you were not allowed to pray, would you notice a drastic difference in your schedule? - Would you notice? Would your family notice? Would your friends notice” - Today, develop the “All or Nothing attitude” that Elijah had! - It’s time to prioritize prayer over everything. - When prayer becomes a priority, you will begin to see the results of prayer. - Our Prayers become effective, not just when they are prayed but when they are put into action! - Today, if you have a situation that needs divine intervention, don’t just “think about it” or send your situation “good vibes” or “well wishes” - All those things are nice but you need prayer! - Pray before it, pray over it, pray through it, pray around it and pray after it! - Prayer is the answer! - Have a great weekend!

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