Today’s Reading | James 5:13-19
Just Like Us
Of all the examples available in Scripture, why did James use Elijah as the example of a righteous man and what he could do through prayer? The reason is exciting. James lets us know that the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Would those two words describe your prayer life? It should encourage you to learn that all we have to do is to be righteous, and we can have a prayer life that is powerful and effective. Elijah is the example. In 1 Kings 18, he was a man who demonstrated boldness, courage, confidence, zeal, valiance, and was empowered by God. All these are characteristics we would expect from a righteous man. However, in chapter nineteen, we see that there were occasions when Elijah was scared, discouraged, lonely, and blind to what God was doing in his life. He doubted God’s plan – doubts we would not normally associate with a righteous man. The point James is making is that He was a man, “just like us.” James wants us to know that we can be righteous men and have powerful and effective prayers like Elijah. Underline “just like us” to remind you! Go to God and watch Him move on your behalf.
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?