Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. 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 earth for three years and six months. Then he prayed again, and the sky poured the rain and the earth produced its fruit.
Elijah lived an amazing life. As this passage reminds us, he was a normal person like us, but he exhibited great faith in God.
There are many examples of his faithfulness. Did you know that, while hiding in the wilderness from a ruler who wanted to harm him, Elijah was fed by ravens? He saw a widow’s supply of oil and flour miraculously never run out, and he raised her son back to life. He faced down the prophets of Baal. He called down fire from heaven to consume the offering at Mount Carmel. He prayed and God sent a drought for three years and six months!
We may read through this list of events and be overwhelmed by the thought that we are called to live similarly to Elijah. However, the point of today’s passage is that Elijah was just like us. As we considered yesterday, these things did not happen because of Elijah’s greatness but because of God’s. We don’t have to work to become great people who do great things, we simply need to trust further in our great God who is beyond compare.
• How do these verses and Elijah’s story—knowing he was a man just like us—offer you encouragement?
• What can we learn from the life of Elijah to help our own prayer lives?
• Thank God for the amazing ways He shows up in the lives of His people. Talk to God about what you are eager for Him to do in and through you.