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t had been a long and dramatic day.   all in response to the power of one man’s
            Hundreds of prophets of Baal had   prayers. Now this power did not reside
        Ifeverishly gyrated around an altar   in the prayers themselves but rather in
        with the hope that their god would an-  the One to whom the appeals were made.
        swer them, but as evening approached,   Confidence in God’s personal concern and
        no  answer  had  come.  Now  there  was   sovereign resources unleashed the power
        quietness, as the lone prophet of Jehovah,   he lacked in himself (1Jn 5:14-15). So what
        Elijah, urged the people to come near as   does prayer do?
        he carefully repaired the altar of the Lord.
        Then lifting his heart heavenward, he   Power to Appreciate the Heart
        prayed, “O Lord God of Abraham, Isaac,   of God
        and Israel, let it be known this day that   Prayer for many of us centers on “re-
        you are God in Israel .... Answer me, O   sults” and “answers,” but God’s focus is
        Lord, answer me, that this people may   on our relationship with Him and our time
        know that you, O Lord, are God, and that   conversing with Him. The Bible reveals
        you have turned their hearts back.” Then   a God who is not only approachable but
        the fire of the Lord fell, and the people fell   who longs to have His own draw near to
        on their faces with one acknowledgement,   Him. Parents value the moments when
        “The Lord, he is God; the Lord, he is God”   their children approach them for counsel,
        (1Ki 18:36,37,39 ESV).                help, comfort and affection, and the God
          Few of us have had such a dramatic and   of heaven is no different. He extended
        powerful answer to prayer, but James, in   a heartfelt invitation in Jeremiah’s day
        his reference to the prayer life of Elijah,   when He said, “Call unto me, and I will
        presents a faithful principle: “The prayer   answer thee, and shew thee great and
        of a righteous person has great power as   mighty things that thou knowest not”
        it is working” (Jas 5:16 ESV). Interestingly,   (Jer 33:3 KJV). He longs to make Himself
        Elijah was no “super saint,” for he was a   known, and as we draw near to Him, He
        man just like ourselves, with strengths   has promised to draw near to us.
        and weaknesses and “highs and lows,”    It’s touching to view Abraham convers-
        but despite these factors, he knew that   ing with the El-Shaddai in Genesis 18 and
        his God was the omnipotent Sovereign,   to read that “Abraham stood yet before the
        and so he prayed “earnestly,” or simply   Lord” (18:22 KJV) – a delightful picture of
        put, he “really prayed!” His was not a   two friends talking together. Even in the
        recitation or a display of vocabulary but   spiritually dark days of Malachi, remnant
        a heart in tune with heaven beseeching   believers “spake often one to another”
        God to work. And the rain stopped – and   (and no doubt to God as well), and the
        the fire fell – and the rain started again –   “Lord hearkened, and heard it” (Mal 3:16

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