We talk about prayer as an important aspect of our lives, but sometimes, we struggle to get started or even know if our prayers are working. Do you sometimes find yourself in a seemingly hopeless situation? There’s one prayer that will change everything. Have you been praying a prayer for weeks, months, years, and still everything seems at a standstill? There’s one prayer that will change everything! The Bible says that prayer is “powerful and effective” as its based in the righteousness that God has given us through Jesus Christ (James 5:16). You can have a powerful and effective prayer life, too. Here are two prayers you can pray that will change the situation you’re in.
- In 1 Kings 18, we read about Elijah standing up to the prophets of Baal. Israel wasn’t following God and all seemed desperately hopeless. But Elijah choose to stand in the gap and seek God for revival. He decided to invite the prophets of Baal to a showdown to see whose God answers with fire. In one prayer, Elijah sparked a revival that touched an entire nation (1 Kings 18:16-40). Elijah prayed what we will call “the prayer of fire.” In one moment, he invited God to reveal himself as “the God who answers with fire” (1 Kings 18:24). God responded in that very moment and things changed. He’s inviting God’s justice to reign in the land.
- Just a few verses later in 1 Kings 18:41-46, Elijah has another opportunity to prayer for rain to fall on the land that’s in a drought. Yet, this time the prayer doesn’t get answered instantly. In fact, Elijah has to pray seven times before God responds. In this case, Elijah is praying for rain. He’s not slow. He’s patient. God’s goodness is beautiful. He’s inviting God’s mercy to reign in the land. When you pray for something and it doesn’t seem to come quickly, don’t give up. The God of Mercy is coming. His rain is going to fall.
You are righteous in Christ and your prayers are powerful and effective. You can choose today to pray the prayer of fire and the prayer of rain to see how God will move. Enter into each situation with a fresh expectation that God will do something great!