Category Archives: Prayer

Earnest and Powerful Prayer

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. James 5:16b-18

Elijah was no super hero. He was like us; but he believed in the God who does wonders. He prayed fervently that it would not rain, and it did not rain. Again he prayed, that it would rain, and it rained! That is the theme of today’s story.

When Israel was in crisis, due to the influence of the evil Queen Jezebel, who had brought the country to worship Baal and Asherah, God raised up a bold prophet. It’s no small thing to do what Elijah did–to go to the king and say that there will be no rain, unless by his word. That required fervent prayer!

Elijah prayed fervently that it would not rain, and it stopped raining for three and a half years. Then he prayed again, and it rained! Before that rain, there was the experience we had in last week’s story, when God sent fire from heaven.

An interesting detail, which we illustrated in the picture that goes with the story, is when Elijah ran before King Ahab’s chariot, all the way from Mount Carmel to Jezreel. In my calculations it was more than 20 miles. What amazing strength God gave his servant! Ahab traveled in his chariot, but Elijah ran in front of him, and arrived in Jezreel before the king!

God has not changed. The Lord is the same yesterday and today, and forever. The God of Elijah is your God. The God of Elijah is my God. The God of Elijah will work with us as we trust in Him.

What is your need today? Pray earnestly!

You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. James 4:2,3

Pray for God’s Kingdom to come! Pray for His will to be done!

Believe Jesus’ promise, that we can ask and receive.

And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. John 14:13,14

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. John 15:16

In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete… In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. John 16: 23,24,26

Read the story #9: The Prophet that Prayed for Rain

Elijah warns the King that it will not rain

Ravens bring bread and meat to Elijah

A widow feeds Elijah

Elijah prays for rain

Running in front of the King

 

 

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Praying for Students and Teachers

It’s morning once again. Summer vacation is over and children are back to school. This year I will have a special assignment. My precious grandson, who graduated from eighth grade in May will now start High School.

David will be going to a new school in a new town. His dad will drop him off at my house on his way to work in the morning. We will have our prayer-time together for the day and then the school bus will pick him up. In the afternoon he will be with me until his dad comes back from work and they go home for dinner.

This will be my “school schedule” for the year. What a blessing!

For those of you who are new to this resources page, and as a reminder to the “old” folks, I have a page with special helps for prayer. I invite you to visit and avail yourself of beautiful prayer cards and suggestions for prayer.

See: PRAYER HELPS

Prayer Cards for the New School Year

Students 3 COPrayer! We can never have too much!

Parent and Teachers,

Click HERE to see the new page PRAYER HELPS. Find instructions and files needed to make a prayer card and a big marker to pray for God’s protection for the new school year. Really, for anytime of the year.

Also, find 3 new Testimony stories, and the story of Dog Arthur, the stray dog from Ecuador who found a home in Sweden. Based on a true story. You can google Dog Arthur and read about him on-line.

Guess what? It was a meatball that sealed a friendship. Go to Any-Time Stories.

May you be blessed!

Dog Arthur

Covering our Children with Prayer

Time for a new school year! Our school children need to be covered with prayer. Just as the cities of old had walls around them for protection against the enemies, may our prayers be a wall of protection for our boys and girls when they tread the “war-zones” of school.  Every child needs to be protected by walls of prayer and a covering of peace. All through the school year we need to provide our children and youth with fervent prayers for their protection.

I have made a heart that will remind us. Print the heart. Have it laminated or cover it with contact paper and put the heart some place where you will see it daily. I put mine on the mirror in the bathroom. When I’m getting ready for the day in the mornings, I cover my grandchildren with prayer.

COR.IN.COProtection for the mind
Let’s pray that they will think on things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8).

Protection for the eyes
There are so many things that call for their attention, so many unworthy things to look at. Let’s pray that they keep their eyes fixed on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2).

Protection for the tongue
Let’s pray that the words they speak be pleasing to God (Psalm 19:14). Here is a good prayer for any of us: “Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips” (Psalm 141:3).

Protection for the ears
Let’s pray they don’t listen to gossip and idle talk but learn to listen to God’s voice so they can make the right choices (James 1:19-21).

Protection for the hands
It’s easy for children to get into fist-fights. Let’s pray that they use their hands to faithfully do their work and to show kindness to others. This is applicable to all of us: “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17).

Protection for the feet
Let’s pray that they keep their feet from every evil path and obey God’s word, that they don’t listen to misguided advice and go to places that are not pleasing to God (Psalm 119:101, 105).

Protection for the heart
Let’s pray that above all else, they guard their heart, “for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23). In the picture above the heart surrounds the mind, the tongue, the eyes, the ears, the hands and the feet. Let’s pray they have a tender heart towards God. Here is a good prayer for the heart:

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
(Psalm 139:23,24)

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Print this pages on both sides, cut them out to make six cards. Have them laminated and use them as book marks. Give them to family and friends.