The message was brought by Rev. Reynolds Frye.
James 5: 16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
Prayer is essential to a Christian. Somebody needs your prayers. They are needful for all of us. I like to pray. I like knowing that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and makes a way where there is no way. There is no one else to pray to. We have no other help or hope to trust in. He’ll take care of all our needs. It’s a privilege to call on his name. We need him every day.
This portion of scripture tells us about Elijah who prayed that it not rain and it didn’t for 3 ½ years. Then he prayed again 7 times for rain. We need to continue in prayer until the way is made. A little cloud the size of a man’s hand appeared in the sky. Though little in size, it was great with God. Elijah sent word to Ahab to get ready for the rain that was sure to come.
There is an abundance of rain coming. This country has trusted in God for years. The devil has come on the scene trying to push anything about God out of the picture. One day God will declare time no more. If we’re saved we’ll go with him. If not, look out for the coming storm.
It’s time to get down to business with prayer. It wouldn’t hurt us to fast and pray. It’s time to get ourselves out of the way so God can get in the way. We can pray as we walk. We can pray as we drive. Prayer is good for us. It helps us. It gives us the concern we need for others. We need to seek God for the needs of the church. That’s us. The church is not this building. The church of God is made up of the people of God.
We need to let God have his way. Jonah decided he didn’t want to do as God asked. He went another way, and God let him. Inside that boat he went to sleep. If we’re not careful, the devil will get us to sleep. The storm came, and the remedy was to put Jonah overboard. As soon as he was out of the ship, the waters calmed. When we trust the Lord, the sea around us will calm down. The word of the Lord spoke to Jonah again the second time. Look what he went through because he didn’t follow the Lord in the first place. A great fish swallowed him after he was thrown overboard. He was in the belly of the fish for three days. There he cried out to God. When he was spit out on land, he hit the ground running toward Nineveh. We don’t have to go through what Jonah did. We can seek God and do the right thing the first time. God had his way. Jonah went and preached the Word of the Lord. The king called a fast for all the citizens of Nineveh down to the animals. Prayer was important to them. It is what will take us through.
Matthew 6 gives us the way to pray. We are to do it in such a way to glorify God and not bring praise to ourselves. God knows our needs before we do. He makes the way, and his way is always good. There is a peace in forgiveness. Prayer changes things. Pray until you hear from God. Pray for one another.
Matthew 6: 5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.11 Give us this day our daily bread.12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
If you have a need, God can meet it. Come to him in prayer.