Old School – “Desperate Prayers”
The power of prayer lies in the one who hears it, not the one who speaks it.
We don’t pray for a solution; we pray to a solution.
James 5:17 (The Voice) Remember Elijah? He was a man, no different from us. He prayed with great intensity asking God to withhold the rain; God answered his prayers and did not allow a single drop of rain to fall for three and a half years.
1 Kings 18:42-45 Elijah journeyed to the peak of Mount Carmel. There he bowed down on the ground and placed his head between his knees.
Elijah (to his servant): Go now, and look in the direction of the sea. Servant (returning to Elijah): I did as you asked, and there is nothing in the direction of the sea.
Elijah gave him the same instruction seven times, “Go back, and look in the direction of the sea.” The servant did as Elijah requested each time; and on the seventh time, he told Elijah, “A minuscule cloud, as tiny as the hand of a man, is ascending from the sea.”
Elijah: Go quickly, and give a message to Ahab for me: “Prepare your chariot, and leave quickly before the rain gets torrential and keeps you from traveling.”
The sky became filled with dark monstrous clouds, the wind grew wild, the heavy rain fell…
How should we pray?
- Pray intentionally
- Pray humbly
James 4:6, 10 You may think that the situation is hopeless, but God gives us more grace when we turn away from our own interests. That’s why Scripture says,”God opposes the proud, but He pours out grace on the humble”… Lay yourself bare, facedown to the ground, in humility before the Lord; and He will lift your head so you can stand tall.
- Pray specifically
James 4:2 You do not have because you have chosen not to ask.
- Pray expectantly