Devotional | Again He Prayed
“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up [...] Elijah was a human being, even as we are. 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.” (James 5:13 - 18 NIV)
Is anyone among you in trouble?
How often have you prayed into situations and seen little to no results? Have you continued to pray into it? Or have you just moved on to the next situation or given up on prayer altogether? I was struck by this scripture as I was reading through James one day. I thought, “why would James follow up a call to pray for healing and trouble with the story of Elijah praying for and against rain?” James gives an example of Elijah praying Israel out of drought as an encouragement to keep praying for healing and troubled situations. As I thought about all the people I know seeking healing both physically and mentally, seeking restoration from troubling situations, all I could hear in the back of my mind was James' example of Elijah: “Again he prayed”. Elijah had prayed that there would be no rain until the time that God had set for the rain to come, and than “Again He prayed”. Elijah’s prayer life is our example on enduring prayer. Unlike Elijah we do not pray for drought, but since we are in Christ 'again we pray' until we see the Father's healing and deliverance. We do not give up.
Smith Wigglesworth said, “I don't often spend more than half an hour in prayer at one time, but I never go more than half an hour without praying.” Never give up in prayer. As easily and effortlessly as you take your next breath remember that with each breath taken is another opportunity to pray for your healing and the healing of others. This week, try and pray as much as you breathe, it’s not about how long you pray, it’s about how often you pray.