Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.James 5:17-18 NKJV
In praying over the sick as in James 5:15, our last big question is “What is the prayer of faith and who prays it?” The verse clearly says that it’s the prayer of faith that saves this weary traveler. James was speaking to a first century Jewish audience. What would they have understood by that phrase? Mark 11: 24 hadn’t been written yet. Their basis for understanding would be their synagogue training and whatever teaching they had received from the apostles. James gave us a clue as to what that meant to him in James 1:6, “But he must ask in faith without doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed around by the wind.” Other translations render it “the prayer made in faith.” What does that mean?
Rather than a formula, could it not mean any prayers that proceed from faith and that are made in expectation that whatever God has promised He will do? James uses the example of Elijah!!!!!! He and they thought this was a prayer offered in faith. Today, we examine what it means to pray the prayer if faith in ministry to the weary believer.
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