PREVAILING VOICE DAILY
Topic: MOVING GOD’S HAND
Text: James 5:17,18.
17: Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.
18: And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
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I don’t intend to start exposition on the life of Elijah here except the Holy Spirit gives instruction to that effect, I just want to explain how he moved God’s hand. If you’re a good student of the bible, you will always ask yourself this question after reading every passage: what message is this bible passage passing to me?
From our text, Apostle James, one of the disciples of Jesus, had read about Prophet Elijah, and here he is saying, ‘ Elijah was a man subject to like passion as we are..’ this means Elijah was a man like us, he was not supernatural at birth, he was a mortal being not immortal, he was visible and could be related with like a man. James went further to tell us what he did, simply described as this; he locked the heaven for 3 and half years, how? Does he have the key? The answer is in verse 18 look at it: and he prayed again…’ that means he had prayed before, he prayed to lock the heaven.
He prayed, just prayer nothing else, permit me to explain as the Holy Spirit gives me inspiration; the first point is that Elijah was a man like any other man, but how come he could do something beyond human comprehension? People pray everyday why is his own prayer that powerful?
Let’s visit 1 Kings 17 for answer, look at verse 1; And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word. KJV. There is a vital point here, take note of the phrase ‘ before whom I stand ‘, this means Elijah has been standing, waiting before the Lord.
The stand is not just for the present, but a present continuous exercise, look that phrase in New Living Translation; the God I serve. God has known Elijah as a worshipper, he waits in God’s presence, he waits in prayer and fasting, he was a man like us, but God did know him as a man who prays, who spends time with him. This is the point; every true worshipper of God can move his hand. You can bring God’s hand upon your life if you’re a true worshipper of his. God bless you.
* As we wait upon the Lord today, bring God’s hand upon your life and upon everything that troubles your life.
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