Papa Joe’s Solid Ground
Expecting An Answer, 2!
Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit. (James 5:16-18 NASB)
I know this may rub some of you, as Christ followers, the wrong way but the truth is the truth. I really enjoy the sport of boxing. Yes I realize its men punching each other out in small boxing ring, but for me its the strategy, and/or challenge that’s involved. I’m certainly not up for that one sided match, you know when one man less skilled than the other takes on a severe beating, and should never have been in the same ring with his selected opponent. No, the match I’m speaking of is two warriors equally equipped, prepared, in shape, and both armed with superior boxing skills. Well trained in the art of offense, and defense. The classic match up is the boxer against the slugger. Who will be superior?
There was a boxer back in my day that had all the skills of a highly trained professional. Size, speed, athletic ability, fine tuned to the max, but had one more ingredient many didn’t. He was confident in his abilities, he put in the time and collected the dime. That’s another skill he possessed the king of the rhyme. “Float like a butterfly sting like a bee!” Yes you guessed it Muhammad Ali! (Hey not bad, something must have rubbed off!)
Now there are many decisions he made in his life that I totally disagree with, so don’t get me wrong I’m not suggesting his life is to be imitated. The part I want to reveal is the confidence he developed, believing that one day he would be Heavyweight Champion of the world, he expected it to happen. Yes he had to do his part to get there, but he believed with confidence it would come to pass.
Men when we communicate with Abba Father (Daddy) through prayer (intimate conversation with God ), and as we make our request known, lets start expecting that our prayer will be answered!
Mark 11:23-24 “Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him. Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.” Do your part in preparation, what ever that means given your request, and expect it to happen in His time, and according to His perfect will. Be confident that God here’s your prayers, and will answer them. If our attitude is to just go through the exercise of prayer without faith, why bother?
Elijah came to the Lord in prayer, and asked that it would not rain for three and one half years, and it did not rain, (James 5:17-18), our featured verse. The scripture says he was a natural man, just like we are. What is the difference with his request, compared to many of ours? He expected his prayers to be answered! If you ask for wisdom expect God to deliver it to you, and recognize it when it comes, apply it, and give God the glory for the outcome.
There were two farmers, both men of God that believed in the power of prayer. Just like Elijah, rain was the center of their prayer request. They both needed rain for their own crops, and so their prayer was delivered to the Lord. Both men prayed fervently, but just one planted the seeds. The one planting the seeds expected the rain to come, and because of his faith had a bumper crop. 2 Corinthians 5:7 “for we walk by faith, not by sight.” The other man, nothing but mud, hopefully learning a valuable lesson.
“Pray, expect an answer, in His time, and in His perfect way! Less of me Lord more of You!”
Seek The Adventure, Strength and Honor, Papa Joe!