"Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for the next three and a half years! Then he prayed for rain, and down it poured. The grass turned green, and the crops began to grow again." (James 5:17-18 NLT)

The prophet Elijah was similar to us. He didn't snap his fingers for miracles to happen; he prayed. If he prayed and the supernatural occurred, then we can also do the same.

And now we ask: Just how exactly did he do it? (The story is found in 1st Kings 18.)

a. Declare by faith (1 Ki 18:41)

You don't have to be a prophet to talk positively. Thinking and talking positive is encouraged by the Scriptures. God calls things that are not as though they were. (Rom 4:17)

b. Pray earnestly

You know how to be earnest. Elijah climbed up a mountain to pray. Maybe you can set a day of undisturbed prayer. Or simply lock yourself in a room with no TV, radio and cell phones. Be earnest.

c. Pray and expect

Elijah asked his servant to check the clouds. Jesus asked a blind man if he could already see after He prayed for him. Do something as an act of faith.Expect the desired results.

There is this fictitious story of a little girl who asked his dad to pray for rain one morning. And pray they did. Preparing to go to school, the little girl wore her boots and raincoat, and brought an umbrella.

What a child-like faith! God expects us to believe the answer to our prayers.(Mk 11:24) He wants us to talk and act accordingly. We don't go to the extremes, but neither should we be passive about it. Faith without works is dead.(Jam 2:26)

d. Keep on praying until something happens

Elijah, the servant of the Most High God, had to pray seven times in a row. Even Jesus prayed twice for a blind man. If Elijah prayed seven times, maybe we can pray ten times - and it’s okay. We just have to pray and not give up. Never ever give up.(Lk 18:1)

I like a forwarded SMS and email sometime ago: P.U.S.H. - Pray Until Something Happens.

Put your confidence in the God of grace. We pray because He listens. We keep on praying because He answers. Set your faith in motion. Pray, believe, and thrive.

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