We've all read it before. We've heard it. We've heard it preached. Mostly to most, it's not new.
But don't you just love when you read something again and it looms up and off the page with a whole greater meaning! Don't you just love it when it pierces deep and penetrates the soul into a magnified feeling! Don't you just love it when all over again it awes you to breathless! It breathes new life! It gives new hope! It births a new spurt of energy and knowing inside you! Don't you just love sometimes when it shouts loud as it speaks!
That's what happen to me the day before yesterday as I read again what I'd read multiple times before. It's found in James 5:17-18. It says:
"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." (emphasis mine)
Elijah was a man JUST - LIKE - US!!! And when he prayed, his prayers got heard! And when they were heard, his prayers were answered! He prayed that something wouldn't! AND it DIDN'T!!!!!! For 3 1/2 years it didn't!!!! And it continued to "didn't" until he finally prayed for it to do it again!!!
How's that for the power of prayer! And from a man no different! From a man: "just like us"!
Verse 16 says this, "... The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." We can't make ourselves righteous on our own, but Jesus makes us!!! And then, God says, that a righteous man's prayer is powerful... and that it's effective.... and then, as we've just seen in the two verses that follow, it shows an example that gives proof that it does!
As I said, I was woe-ed the day before yesterday when reading this verse! So woe-ed, in fact, that it's echoed every since! The funny part is, who knew but GOD, that He obviously had it echoing in my heart and my mind and my thinking for a greater reason!
In other words, tonight.... I've got some prayers to be praying!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)