THEME: PROMISE OF GREATNESS
James 5:17-18 NKJV
“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 emphasizes on the power of prayer and operating in the power of the Holy Spirit. He exposes the effectual nature of the fervent prayer of a righteous man which avails much. Also that power and greatness is not limited to a certain few, such as apostles and prophets. He compares prophet Elijah to believers who possess power lying within and is made evident through the help of the Holy Spirit. Elijah prophesied and went to mount Carmel and prayed, and the drought came to an end (1 Kings 17:1, 18:41-46), and again fire came down from heaven (1 Kings 18:38). We are the body of Christ and each one of us is a part of it. Some among us have relied on the power of medicine and forgotten the power of the Holy Spirit. Some among us have over-relied on other powers and forgotten our powerful Savior. We are called to pray and exercise the gifts that the Holy Spirit has given us and all glory will go back to God.
We thank You Jesus for You are great and greatly to be praise. You are adored and exulted above all the nations and all people. You are magnified Jehovah in all the nations of the world. Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus You are Lord to the glory of God the Father. We thank You Jesus for You have shown us great love, and when we were still sinners, You died for us. When the blood of goats and calves could not redeem us, You blood dear Jesus gave us an eternal redemption. We praise Your name for giving us the gift of salvation and eternal life, that we now have the sure hope of eternal life. Thank You for You have never left us orphaned but have given us the Holy Spirit. May You fill us with Your gifts precious Holy Spirit and help us to exercise them powerfully like Elijah did, for the glory and honor of Your name. We pray for all those who are sick that You may heal them and deliver them from pain and suffering. We pray for all the street children and the homeless that You may provide for all their needs and transform their lives. We pray that You will respond to all our prayers and hearts desires Holy Spirit. May You use us mightily for the glory and honor of Your name. Our Father who art in heaven; hallowed be Your name; Your Kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptations but deliver us from evil; for thine is the Kingdom the power and the glory; forever and ever. Amen
Further reading: 1 Corinthians 12:27-28
Revelation of the Word