Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit. James 5:17-18
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have been one of the people of the Bible? Sometimes we call them “heroes.” James tells his audience that Elijah—the one who prayed down fire from heaven on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18)—had a nature like ours (Acts 14:15); he was just like us. Take some time to read and/or listen to that account today. The original audience would have understood the reason James used this example. Elijah was considered to be a righteous man. (The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working). His prayer had great power. It had supernatural power. Every follower of Jesus has access to this type of effectiveness in their prayers! If you are a follower of Jesus, you have access to this supernatural power of God. Are your prayers offered with this in mind? We are to pray continually—that is, we are to live our lives in such a way that we are constantly in the presence and God and aware of his presence so that our lives becomes one long meandering conversation with the Almighty. As we become aware of his presence, we are overwhelmed by his power, and we seek to have him move in power. Elijah, a person just like us, gave an example of what happens when one walks with God, trusting in his power. How are you seeking to be aware of the presence of God in each moment of your day? How would your prayers change today if you were truly believing that this kind of power was available? What would you pray for?