James 5:15-16• 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
Elijah• 1 Kings 18 2 different answers of prayers On Mount Carmel, one day Elijah was telling King Ahab that after the third year of drought God would send rain; but Ahab did not believe what Elijah said. So 400 of Baals prophets and Elijah, the prophet of God, came together on Mount Carmel to pray to each god for fire to come down onto the altar to see which god was real. The 400 prophets of Baal went first. They cried out, “O Baal, answer us!” . Elijah mocked them saying, “Shout louder! Surely he is a god!” hours passed and still Baal sent no fire onto the altar.
Elijah Cont.• Elijah’s time was up. He did not do the same as the others though, he ordered some of the false prophets to fill 4 jars of water and to pour it onto the altar. They did so 3 times. It was so much water that the water filled the trench. This in the normal world would be impossible for fire to burn on that altar, but Elijah prayed with much faith that his God, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel. “Answer me O Lord, answer me so these people will know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts again.” Immediately after Elijah prayed this, God sent fire from heaven. The fire burned the altar, the wood on the altar, the rocks surrounding the altar, it dried the water that filled the trench. The false prophets fell face down and cried out, “ The Lord– he is God! The Lord– he is God!”
Elijah• 1 Kings 18 2 different answers of prayers “the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops” Jas. 5:18
James 1:5-7• 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
Daniel• Daniel was a key example of someone who spent much time in prayer. He spent hours praying 3 times each day by the window. Even when the king passed the law saying that one could only pray to him, Daniel still prayed three times a day to his God, and for that he was thrown into the lion’s den. God shut the lion’s mouths. Daniel is one of the best examples of men who prayed with faith in God.
Praying with faith• Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. (Rom. 12:12)• And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” (Mat. 21:22)• Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it (John 14:13- 14)
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Conclusion• And whatever you ask for in prayer, having faith and [really] believing, you will receive. Matthew 21: 22• If you believe when you pray, you will receive what you asked for. God is faithful to you if you are faithful to Him.• Remember that prayer if offered in faith can be EFFECTIVE!!!• “Pray then like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.” Matthew 6:9