James 5:17a "Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly..."
One of our favorite "catch phrases" is "Well...I've prayed about it". We use that phrase to excuse and rationalize just about every wrong decision we make. The truth is...most of the time we have not prayed about it. And if we have...it has not truly been earnest prayer. It amazes me how we can pray for five minutes about a matter and feel that we know God's will. I know many Christians who have made life-altering decisions after only a few moments of prayer. Have we completely lost the kind of earnest praying that keeps us awake through the night? It seems to me...if we have prayed about something earnestly...then the decisions we make would line up with the Word of God. If it doesn't...then it wasn't the Holy Spirit giving us the leadership to do it and chances are we didn't truly pray earnestly about that decisions. God would not lead us contrary to His Word.
In the garden of Gethsemene...Jesus prayed until He sweat drops of blood. He was earnest about His prayer. Until you find yourself sacrificing both time and energy...you're not going to see great things from God. Great answers to prayer come from earnest praying.
Our homes and our churches need men...women and young people who can earnestly get ahold of God in prayer!!
To be quite honest...we need to be more serious about prayer than anything else in our lives. We seem to burden ourselves down with so many meaningless interests and duties while at the same time we fail to really get serious and earnest with God about the most needful things in our lives.
This is an area of my life that God is dealing heavily with me lately. My prayer life is not near what it should be. Would that all of us that say we belong to the Lord Jesus Christ would get serious and burdened about our prayer life. If we did then we would make a change in that area and we would have more Spirit-filled Christians doing what God commands us to do with His power upon our lives!!
James 5:16b "...the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."