Elijah prayed when things got tough. He knew God would hear his prayers because he was in alignment with the God of heaven and earth. Therefore when he declared the end of a drought and the beginning of rain God answered him. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much (James 5:16). It’s not your shouting and screaming that is going to draw the attention of God.
We must understand that we are living in the covenant of grace. A covenant of unmerited favour. This grace of God’s blessings and favour that you did not earn and did not deserve is just given to you as a gift in your life. The saddest part of humanity is that we are unable to see this goodness and walk in this truth.
But have you ever forgotten that God has singled you out for a blessing in the midst of tough times? What kind of power, authority and promises has God bestowed upon you as his children? Listen!! You need to be tapping into the finished work of the cross, “a done deal ” 2000 years ago and begin prophesying over your life today about what has been accomplished for you already . Are you aware that when you are placed under the blood of Jesus no demon can touch you!?
To be able to pray like Elijah and get positive results there are certain conditions that need to be observed in God’s word. Never forget that God is delighted and God is seeking a people who will worship Him in spirit and truth.
Prov 15:8: “The prayer of the upright is His delight”
GOD WILL NOT COMPROMISE WITH YOUR OWN STYLE OF LIVING
You can’t live the way you want and walk the way you like and expect God to pour out His blessings upon you in your desperate moments.
The fullness of God in you is completed in Christ in accordance with your union with Him. (2 Col 2:9-10)
Like Elijah we need to be in persistent prayer and refuse to give up and continue to be in union with God. You remember six times his servant came to tell him: “There is no rain! There is no rain!” but Elijah said to his servant go back and look again! -because Elijah knew who this God of heaven and earth was and that He could rely upon Him with faith and trust!! The next thing we hear, “There was a great rain” (1 King 18-45)
There are 4 important lessons that we can pick up quickly here:
(1) Your greatest miracle in your life will always take place when you know how to stand in your right position in prayer. God does things through prayers that He will not do any other way. You must know who you are in Christ and never beg God to bless you again. A lot of us are trying to prove to God that we deserved to be blessed, that’s the problem you see!
That is merely rejecting the finished work of the cross. Claim your inheritance in your prayer then the fruit of it will manifest in your life. Don’t try to ask God for what He has already given you.
(2) Instead of mourning over your situation helplessly and trying to feel sorry for yourself start focusing on the God who promised you that if you trust Him nothing is impossible with Him. That is grace! He can swing your situation around no matter how impossible it may seem to you right now because of the done deal 2000 years ago.
(3) At this crucial moment of your life you cannot survive without the leading of the Holy Spirit. His infilling is so important to reveal how to move with discernment at this moment. Therefore it is very essential that you amend your life-style in order to accommodate His presence in your life. If your house is clean He will abide in you.
4) Your breakthrough for a change will depend on your attitude on your prayer and fasting. Remember your fasting and praying is for your own personal spiritual strength and growth. You need to be very clear about this attitude. Because this is the area the enemy will be waiting to manipulate when he finds you are ignorant. Do you think fasting moves the heart of God to act? No! That is totally Old Testament law thinking. It is absolute religion. Under law, I act, so God will act. You do your part and God will do His part.
Under grace, I BELIEVE BY FAITH that Jesus acted on my behalf already when He said “it is finished! It is done!” therefore God is working to bless me now! “I am deeply loved! Highly favored! Greatly blessed! And destined to reign because of the finished work of Christ.” Therefore from here henceforth I walk in this blessing by tapping into it daily.
DON’T CHASE AFTER THE THINGS WHICH ARE ALREADY YOURS
My fasting does not make God bless me more than what He has already done!! If you think like that then you are trying ask God to give you what belongs to you already. You are going back trying to perform to earn your blessings!
God is always paying attention to my needs and always working to bless me and be good to me. HE IS MOVED BY MY FAITH NOT BY MY WORKS!! He will supply all my needs over and above (Phil.4:19). You become a recipient of all His goodness and blessing.
Please understand that you can add absolutely nothing to the finished work of the cross. Everything that you need in this life is “a done deal” through the cross of Jesus. You just got to appropriate it by the grace of God given to you.
You know what? We have no option but to learn to change strategies. If you keep doing the same religious thing over and over again, you will only end up getting the same results.
YOUR BLESSING IS BEYOND YOUR COMFORT ZONE
Sometimes we need to “rock the boat” my friend! To experience a new move of God in your life. You need to move out of your comfort zone to see a miracle in your life. You need to step out of the boat to walk on the water. You can wait all your life just keep staring at the water you will not make across the river. Listen! God will not give you a blueprint believe me, but as you step out in faith trusting God and believing in Him totally He will show you the next step and then the next step as you exercise your faith step by step in Him.
Note: Rev Dr Jai Kumar is an ordained & licensed minister of Covenant Ministries International N.J. USA. He is a mission minded pastor who carries an apostolic anointing who preaches and teaches an uncompromising gospel with boldness. A member of ECCM (Malaysia) Spiritual Adviser & overseer to various ministries and churches. An itinerant speaker. He is also the author of a book entitled, ‘God’s Time Clock.’ Currently he worships at C3 Subang.
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