Lesson Scriptures: 1 Kings 17:17-24
Key Lesson Theme: “Serve Through Prayer”
Today's Lesson: Friday, August 6
1 Kings 17:17-24
17 After this, the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. His illness got worse until he stopped breathing.
18 She said to Elijah, “Man of God, what do you have against me? Have you come to call attention to my iniquity so that my son is put to death?”
19 But Elijah said to her, “Give me your son.” So he took him from her arms, brought him up to the upstairs room where he was staying, and laid him on his own bed.
20 Then he cried out to the Lord and said, “Lord my God, have you also brought tragedy on the widow I am staying with by killing her son?”
21 Then he stretched himself out over the boy three times. He cried out to the Lord and said, “Lord my God, please let this boy’s life come into him again!”
22 So the Lord listened to Elijah, and the boy’s life came into him again, and he lived.
23 Then Elijah took the boy, brought him down from the upstairs room into the house, and gave him to his mother. Elijah said, “Look, your son is alive.”
24 Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know you are a man of God and the Lord’s word from your mouth is true.”
Live It Out
“The prayer of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect.” A “righteous person” is not a perfect person, for that requirement would eliminate all of us from ever praying effectively. Rather, the reference is to a person who has taken right action to be in right relationship with God and by such has been declared righteous by the God of all righteousness. James’s point is that such a person can expect to be heard by the Lord.
The entreaty or prayer of a person who is right with God is “powerful and effective” (NIV). Prayer is both energizing to the one praying and releases spiritual energy from the Father as He responds to it. A popular saying is, “Prayer works!” We mean well when we say that, but that is not exactly what James said. “Prayer is not itself powerful; it is not magic. But its power is unlimited in that the child of God calls on a Father of unlimited goodness and ability.”5 In response, God works in a manner consistent and in compliance with His purpose. The power in prayer may not always be seen in changing a situation but in God’s changing us whereby we come into agreement with Him, even in those times when we lack understanding
To illustrate His point James cited the experience of the prophet Elijah. He “was a man subject to like passions as we are.” He had a nature like ours. He had his flaws and weaknesses but still his earnest praying was effective, for he prayed in faith, trusting the Lord. For that you and I can be grateful. God does not just hear and respond to the prayers of “super saints”; His ear is attentive to all who come before Him in righteousness. Therefore, let us pray
Whom do you know that you consider to be a model person of prayer? Talk with that person about the place of prayer in his or her life. What life lessons about power-filled praying can you learn from that person, things that could add to the strength of your own prayer life?
Recall a time when you were the subject of someone’s prayer on your behalf. How were you affected?
Recall a time when you prayed diligently on someone else’s behalf. What was the energizing effect of that prayer, both for you and the person for whom you prayed? How did it lead the person—and you—into a closer walk with God?
For whom do you need to pray even now?
Until next week Saints…..
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