“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.” James 5:17-18
After my parents died I found myself with two mobile homes. I was living in one, the other I put up for sale. In the meantime, I had two lot rents and two sets of utility bills to pay each month. There was no way I could afford this. I turned to God. Oh, how I prayed. Then I started getting financial help from very unexpected sources which helped with the bills until a buyer appeared. God provided.
In the midst of spiritual warfare we must keep praying. Communication with God holds everything together. We have all the elements of God’s armor to use, but prayer gives us the strong foundation on which to stand and fight the battles.
Prayer also serves as a reminder that we are not fighting alone. It reassures us God is in this war, too. He has not given us the armor and sent us out to fend for ourselves. God is holding our hands, fighting by our side every step of the way. Also, when we become too weak and tired to fight, He fights for us while we regain our energy and strength.
If we’re in trouble we are to pray. If we are happy, share that with God. If we are sick we should ask others to pray for us. Every aspect of our lives should involve prayer. Prayers of praise and thanksgiving. Prayers of confession and repentence. Pray when crying out for help. Pray for others who are also fighting battles.
By keeping the line of communication with God open we maintain our focus on what is right and good. We strengthen the spiritual bond that Satan cannot break. “The prayer of a righteous man (or woman) is powerful and effective.” James 5:16b
APPLICATION: Examine your prayer life. Make it a habit to go to God in prayer every day, communicating every aspect of your life with Him.