“Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years! 18 Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops.” (James 5:17-18, NLT)
I don’t know if we as believer’s have a full understanding of the authority we have when we pray. This passage tells us that Elijah was as human as we are and we he prayed for the rain to stop, it stopped, and when he prayed for it to rain again, it rained. God is calling His people to step into the authority that we have. Now, I’m not saying to pray for rain to literally stop. I’m saying to begin to pray and believe that what you pray will come to pass. I’m saying to pray with confidence that what you are praying for will actually happen.
Elijah had confidence in what he prayed. I’m sure he may have had some doubts from time to time or wondered if his prayer would really work, yet he still prayed with confidence and believed it would happen.
Some of you have some dry areas in your life and it’s time to ask for the rain. It’s time to believe that those areas will be saturated again with the rain of God. It’s time for new life to spring up. Have you ever noticed when it’s dry in the summertime and everything starts turning brown that it doesn’t take a whole lot of rain before things start to liven up again. Begin to ask God for the rain in your dry areas again. Watch as dead things come to life again.
There’s a fresh rain that God wants to pour out on you and on this nation and it starts when we earnestly pray for rain to fall again. There are spots in this nation where rain is falling and the miraculous is happening but now is the time for this nation to be completely saturated in the rain of God’s Spirit. If each of us would ask God for the rain in our own personal lives then it would spread to those around us and we would begin to see new life spring up.
Go ahead, ask for the rain. Begin to ask God to rain again in your life and rain again on this nation.