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Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth.

James 5:17

Thought

Several days ago, my daughter and I read the Bible together. We read these couple of verses at the end of the Book of James chapter 5, which are about prayer. From James 5:17, we went on to read Elijah's story in the Book of 1 Kings. We thought about the great power of prayer in particular. There had been no rain in Israel for 3 to 4 years, until Elijah prayed. During the contest at Mount Carmel, Elijah let the Israelites see the great power of God. The prayer was like a miracle. This verse tells us that the powerful prayer came from a man with a nature like ours, not from a man of God. To experience God's great power, James teaches us to pray fervently. Elijah prayed that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. The reason Elijah had a heart to pray fervently was that he had steadfast faith in God's word. In the Book of 1 Kings chapter 17 and 18, the phrase "the word of the Lord came to Elijah" appears quite a few times. No matter whether God asked him to go to a brook to be fed by the ravens, or to live in the house of a widow who had only a handful of flour and a little oil, or to go to see King Ahab, Elijah obeyed God's word without hesitation. No matter under what circumstances, he knew God's voice clearly. His corresponding actions further showed that he had absolute confidence in God's word, and that he was sure following God's word was the best approach. Since Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, we can also experience God's mighty power, like Elijah, through fervent prayer, through loving and obeying God's word.

Prayer

O Lord, forgive us for having little faith in your word, resulting in our often following other voices in our daily lives. We pray that you teach us to understand your word more, through the Spirit of truth. May our souls pant for you as a deer pants for flowing streams. Please give us a heart that prays fervently, and may we live in your love always. Amen.
Elder Henry Leung

以利亞與我們是一樣性情的人、他懇切禱告、求不要下雨、雨就三年零六個月不下在地上。

雅各書5:17

思想

幾天前和女兒看聖經,看到雅各書第五章最後這幾節關於禱告的經文。跟着再從這節經文去看列王記上以利亞的故事,特别去思想祈禱的大能。以色列三年多不下雨直到以利亞禱告。在迦密山上的爭戰,以利亞讓以色列人看到神的大能。一個神蹟般的禱告,這節經文卻告訴我們這個有能力的禱告是來自跟我們一樣性情的人,並非來自神人。要經歷神的大能,雅各教導我們禱告要懇切。以利亞求不要下雨,雨就三年零六個月不下在地上。以利亞能有一顆懇切禱告的心,來自他對神話語堅定的信心。列王記上十七至十八章多次記載「耶和華的話臨到以利亞說」,不論神是叫他去河邊給烏鴉供養,或是到一個只有一把麵,一點油的寡婦家生活,或是去見亞哈王,以利亞都是毫不猶疑,立即聽從神的話。以利亞對神的說話,無論在什麼處境,都能清楚知道這是神的聲音,其回應行動更顯出他對神話語的絕對信心,肯定神的話是最好的道路。以利亞既然跟我們是一樣性情的人,我們也可以通過懇切的禱告,對神話語的渴慕及跟從去經歷神的大能,像以利亞一般。

禱告

主啊,寬恕我們對你話語的小信,以致在日常生活中我們常常跟隨了别的聲音。求你用真理的靈去教導我們更多了解你的話語。讓我們渴慕你像鹿渴慕溪水一般。賜我們一顆懇切禱告的心,經常活在你的愛中。阿們。
梁季怡 長老
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