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Words of Faith 5-29-2020

Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2020


Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL

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James 5:17-18

        Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.  Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.


      Elijah was a man just like us.  Oh really?  Maybe in the most generous sense. Have you read the story lately?  Here was a guy who had an anointing to confront false prophets by the hundreds, mock them, and then call down fire from heaven just to make the point.  He was no ordinary preacher. 

      Is this a "man just like us"?  Perhaps the point is that despite the flashy appearance and special effects of Elijah's ministry (1 Kings 17-19), he was above all a man of prayer (1 Kings 18:42).

     For all the flash, we have to realize that nothing happened for Elijah except out of a surrendered relationship before the Lord.  The really human part of Elijah comes out at Mount Horeb, not Mount Carmel.  

     Elijah had perhaps the greatest day of preaching in history.  He had won the debate with the false prophets, and God had come through with fire.  But Elijah ran away from that victory and huddled under a broom tree in what might be described as a deep depression.  It was only when the Lord ministered to Him and revealed power to him in the form of the whirlwind that Elijah was strengthened to return to call of the Lord.  Maybe Elijah is a man just like us.

        The life of prayer is about earnest supplication. Still, it also is about really struggling with the Lord and being drained after the victories.  The life of prayer is about times when the Lord ministers to us under the broom trees where we hide.  The life of prayer is about rare and awesome moments when the wind of His Spirit passes by and restores us to His work.  

        How is your prayer life?  Prayer is not just about praying and getting answers.  Prayer is a relationship with God of listening, hearing, obeying, being drained, being restored, hearing the wind, and returning for more.


    Lord, I want to hear the wind.  Lift me to new places.  Teach me how to pray the prayer of faith.  Thank You for seeking me out under my broom trees and restoring me for prayer and service. Now let me soar with You. In Jesus' Name, Amen.


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