The Key to Authority in Prayer. Elijah's prayer was BASED ON THE WORD OF GOD!

Faith and Effective Prayer. Faith is the key to the Christian life. Through faith we have access to the impossible!

Faith in itself is something that pleases the heart of God. Some people think that true faith is where you get the answer straight away.

But the Bible talks about the "trying of your faith", like gold being refined in a fire.

For faith to operate in our circumstances, we must take a step of faith and obey that word. Faith is active, not passive.

Elijah's prayer was BASED ON THE WORD OF GOD!

All of Israel had turned away from the Lord to worship Baal, the idol-god of a cruel heathen religion.

Faith and Effective Prayer Experience of the heroes of Faith

Up stands one solitary man, a total unknown, and boldly proclaims to the king that "there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word!''.

But his authority was based on a promise and warning found in Deuteronomy 11:13-17: "So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today - to love the Lord your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul - then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains . . . Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them. Then the Lord's anger will burn against you, AND HE WILL SHUT THE HEAVENS SO THAT IT WILL NOT RAINand the ground will yield no produce, and you will soon perish from the good land the Lord is giving you" (1 Kings 17-18).

Passionate prayer is praying with THE WHOLE HEART prayer that will not give up until the answer comes.

This does not mean an incessant crying out to God because you are not sure if God has heard, or if He will answer.

That is unbelief and grieves the heart of God. Fervent prayer is just the opposite. It is the prayer of FAITH.

It is only possible because we have learnt the first principle, which is effective prayer - we now know God's character and what He has promised, and we will not give up until we see it come to pass.


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