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Confess and pray for rain

Friday, July 27, 2012

Rain is an interesting subject in the Bible. It is a subject that is tied very closely to prayer and to people coming back to God. In James 5:15-18 it says, "And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit." Why is prayer tied to rain, and why does it have to do with the confession of sins? In order to get the whole story we must look back into the Old Testament. 1 Kings 17:1 starts by saying "Now Elijah the Tishbite was a prophet from the settlers in Gilead "I serve the Lord, the God of Israel," Elijah said to Ahab. "As surely as the Lord lives, no rain or dew will fall during the next few years unless I command it." Why did God do this? Because he was trying to get King Ahab and the nation of Israel to stop following the god Baal (the god of the rain, thunder, fertility and agriculture). People thought that they could worship both the Baal (the god of fruitful harvest) and Yahweh (the God of the Bible). God didn't allow rain to show them that worshiping any God but Himself was fruitless and that He should be the God that they serve. In fact in the great climax of 1 King 18:21, it says "And Elijah came near to all the people and said, "How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him." After a great display of God's power at Mount Carmel the people repented and got rid of the false god of fruitful harvest, then Elijah prayed and it rained. All this sounds very similar to what Jesus says in Matt 6:24 "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money." If money could replace God just like their fruitful harvest god could replace the true God, then should we be repenting also? Have we missed attending services and having a devotional life because the god of money has become more dear to us than the true God? I invite you to join with me in admitting I don't always put God first, and putting God more at the center of everything in life. I invite you to read the Bible and pray more, to attend a Bible believing church, and to confessing and praying for rain, because real blessing and fruit in life only come from a right relationship with the true God of the Bible!

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