ON OUR KNEES – LEARNING FROM MEN OF PRAYER

 

POWERFUL PRAYER WARRIOR

LESSON #5 – ELIJAH

A COMPLETE LESSON

 

INTERACTION

V     Did you have any blessings this week while praying the prayer of Jabez?

V     Have you ever stopped praying about something before you got an answer?  Why?

V     What kind of person comes to mind when you think of the Prophet Elijah?

V     Why do you think Elijah was such an effective man of prayer?

 

There are few people like Elijah who are remembered for their effective praying.  His prayers were powerful. If we are going to be effective men of prayer, we must catch some of the spirit of Elijah and learn to pray in a similar manner.

 

James 5:16-18Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. [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.

 

·       In James 5:16, what two qualities are mentioned that were true of Elijah? Why are these qualities significant?

·       In what ways was Elijah just like us?  Why should that encourage us?

·       How can we be too ambitious in our prayers?

·       How can we not be ambitious enough?

 

Let’s learn some lessons about powerful prayer from Elijah in 1 Kings 18:17-46.  Remember that King Ahab and Queen Jezebel were ruling in Israel at the time.  Elijah had already announced and prayed for a drought. It hadn’t rained for 3˝ years.

 

·       Elijah appeared before Ahab and told him to gather Israel together. Vss. 17-19

·       When the people were gathered on Mt. Carmel, Elijah confronted the people with their idol worship and proposed a contest to find out who the real God is.         1 Kings 18:20-24

·       The prophets of Baal failed miserably in their attempt to call fire down from Heaven. 1 Kings 18:25-29

 

REPAIR PENITENTLY Vs. 30

 

·       First, Elijah repaired the altar of the Lord.

·       Either through destruction by the enemy or neglect, the altar was in disrepair.

·       Today, we offer the sacrifice of prayer and praise to God. (Hebrews 13:15, Ephesians 6:18). The altar upon which we offer this sacrifice is our lives.

·       If we are in Spiritual disrepair, we cannot effectively offer our prayers to God. (Psalm 66:18). We must repair our altars through confession of sin, and making things right with others. (1 John 1:9, Matthew 5:23-24)

 

1 John 1:9 - If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

Matthew 5:23-24 - Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; [24] Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

REQUEST RESPONSIBLY Vss. 36-37

 

·       What does Elijah teach us about motives for our prayers?

·       Why is it important that we act and speak in accordance to God’s will?

·       How do we know when we asking according to the will of God?                                                                               And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: [15] And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

·       What are some of the things that we should pray for that will help people’s hearts turn back to God?

 

RELAX CONFIDENTLY Vss. 31-35, 38-39

 

·       Elijah made the task more difficult by digging a trench and having the fire doused with water 3 times. However, Elijah was still confident that God would answer his prayers.

·       There are times when we are praying that things get worse before they get better. Why?

·       In Vss. 38-39 God answers with fire from Heaven.

 

RESPOND EXPECTANTLY Vss. 41-46

 

·       Vs. 41 – What visible signs were there that God was ready to send rain?

·       How could Elijah be so confident?

·       How does anxiety or doubt hinder our prayers?

·       Vs. 42 – Why do you think Ahab was so compliant?

·       Vs. 43 – Should we be looking for God’s answers to our prayers as if we expect them? Why?

·       Do you see any practical lessons for us in verses 44-46?

 

REPEAT FERVENTLY Vss. 42-43

·       When did Elijah stop praying for rain?

·       When is it not good to repeat ourselves in prayer?

·       When is it good to repeat ourselves in prayer?

 

Luke 11:5-10 - And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; [6] For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? [7] And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. [8] I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. [9] And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. [10] For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

 

Luke 18:1-8 - And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; [2] Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: [3] And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. [4] And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; [5] Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. [6] And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. [7] And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? [8] I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

 

 

 

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