Just Like Elijah [Part 1]
By Alan Wright — January 07, 2019
Are you ready for some good news?
God can work miracles through you!
Today’s Text: “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.” (James 5:16–18, ESV)
Our church begins each new year in a unique way. Instead of exhorting one another to become more disciplined, we soak in the blessing of God. Instead of making stronger promises to God, we meditate more strongly on the promises of God to us. For a multi-campus church our size it’s daunting to organize, but at the beginning of the year, we serve Communion and speak the same blessing over each individual or family.
To “bless” someone is to practice the wisdom of the ancient Hebrew patriarchs who knew the power of words. A “blessing” is a statement of faith for a positive future which is rooted in the assurances of God’s Word. In the beginning, God blessed Adam and Eve and then (and only then) told them to be fruitful and multiply. With God, the blessing precedes productivity. God doesn’t wait for you to prove yourself worthy before blessing you; He blesses and then you rise up to meet the vision of faith He has for your life.
For the next four weeks, we will be inspired by a fresh vision of Jesus as foreshadowed in the miracles of Elijah and Elisha. Our spiritual journey together isn’t an exhortation for you to try harder to be more faithful to God; it is a journey of blessing wherein you will see God’s miraculous grace and, through daily meditation on His miracles, your faith will grow.
So as we begin our journey, please allow me to speak a blessing into your heart:
Elijah was just as human as you are and God changed the whole atmosphere through his prayers. Likewise, your prayers are unspeakably powerful and effective because, when you are in Christ, you’re clothed with His righteousness.
May the heavens open and miracles rain down this year, bringing glory to God and blessing to many, in Jesus’ name.
And that’s the Gospel!