Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is James 5:17 which reads: "Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months."
Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:
The great advantage and efficacy of prayer are declared and proved: "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much," whether he pray for himself or for others: witness the example of Elias. He who prays must be a righteous man; not righteous in an absolute sense (for this Elias was not, who is here made a pattern to us), but righteous in a gospel sense; not loving nor approving of any iniquity. "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear my prayer." Further, the prayer itself must be a fervent, in-wrought, well-wrought prayer. It must be a pouring out of the heart to God; and it must proceed from a faith unfeigned. Such prayer avails much. It is of great advantage to ourselves, it may be very beneficial to our friends, and we are assured of its being acceptable to God. It is good having those for friends whose prayers are available in the sight of God.
We will discuss this verse further in the next broadcast.
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