Examples of answered prayer – James 5:17 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. 18 Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit.
The experience of Elijah shows the power of prayer. He was a human being as we are, so powerful praying may be practiced by regular people like us. James said that Elijah prayed earnestly that it would not rain [1 Kings 17:1]
Lack of rain for 3-1/2 years served as a judgment on evil Ahab and Israel. Elijah prayed again [1 Kings 18:41-46] and the sky gave rain and the land produced its fruit. The illustration of Elijah teaches that prayer works, other examples:
Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech and his wife and his maids, so that they bore children. [Genesis 20:17]
When the sons of Israel cried to the LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer for the sons of Israel to deliver them, Othniel …[Judges 3:9]
The LORD heard the voice of Elijah, and the life of the child returned to him and he revived. [1 Kings 17:22]
Isaiah the prophet cried to the LORD, and He brought the shadow on the stairway back ten steps by which it had gone down on the stairway of Ahaz. [2 Kings 20:11]
Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!” And God granted him what he requested. [2 Chronicles 4:10]
King Hezekiah prayed for the defeat of the army of Assyria. and “the Lord struck 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians.“ [2 Kings 19]
And when Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, imploring Him, and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, fearfully tormented.” Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” [Matthew 8:5-13]
There have been many answers to prayer in our family’s life. I reviewed my notes and in one 22 year period, I recorded 287 specific answers to my prayers. Praise the Lord for His faithfulness.