And their prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make them well. And anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. – James 5:15


Prayer is the mightiest force upon earth. It is powerful enough to help the troubled, the sick, or the sinner (James 5:13-16).

Elijah is an example of one of the most powerful “pray-ers” in the Bible. He was subject to the same human frailties that we experience when we pray: boredom, fatigue, discouragement, hunger, and thirst. However, so powerful a prayer warrior was he that when he prayed for no rain, “none fell for the next three and a half years!” (James 5:17).

Elijah was consistent for more than three years in holding back the rain through prayer. Then, during a seven-part prayer drama on Mount Carmel, he sent his servant to look for a cloud of rain over the Mediterranean. Six times the servant returned discouraged. Finally, Elijah’s prayer broke through, and the cloud of rain soaked the parched soil.

Our prayer goal? More than anything else, we must pray for those who have strayed from the truth of the Gospel and work to bring them back to right relationship with God (vv. 19-20).

Pray on, fervent Christian. The cloud of salvation is beginning to rise!


For you have been born again. Your new life did not come from your earthly parents because the life they gave you will end in death. But this new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God. – 1 Peter 1:23

A Christian’s appetite for the Word of God must be as voracious as a newborn baby’s craving for milk. A baby’s mouth snaps and its head jerks around the moment it senses nourishment is near. Similarly, baby birds open their mouths wide when their mothers return to the nest with food. The young of all species have an insatiable craving for food.

God’s Word is imperishable seed, the living and enduring Word of God. Nothing in this world will last, “but the word of the Lord will last forever” (1 Peter 1:25). God’s eternal Word is the diet of the human spirit. It changes us, enabling us to rid ourselves of “all malicious behavior and deceit” (2:1).

Peter’s admonition is that like newborn babies, we are to crave spiritual milk so we may grow up in our salvation (2:2). A baby drinking from a bottle is cute, but an adult drinking from a bottle is definitely not cute! We’ve got to grow up in Christ. David said, “How I delight in your commands! How I love them!” (Psalm 119:47). Love for God and His commands will cause us to hunger for the Word of God that will mature us.

Make God’s Word your staple. Crave it, love it, and feed on it. You will find yourself growing into a new person!

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