Scot McKnight: Fervency

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Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. James 5:17-18

“The rhetorical function of this example is not to make Elijah a hero but to encourage the messianic community that they too can pray for miracles and that God hears their voice as he did in the days of Elijah. In fact, James’ point is bigger: those who do God’s will are exhorted to pray as Elijah did, with fervency, and they too can bring healing, both physical and spiritual, to the community.”

Scot McKnight in The Letter of James (NICNT; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011) 451-452.

There are a lot of ministry workers worldwide who desire to be agents of help, hope, and healing, but their material resources are limited.

In real-time we put to work what we have while also praying with fervency for things not to happen and praying for things to happen.

When we live and lead this way, it strengthens our faith, keeps us humble, and brings spiritual and physical healing that glorifies God.

That’s why Elijah was here, and it’s why we are here too, so that our generous service points people not to us but to the power of God.