Week three of our Elijah story… 1 Kings 17:17-24. The prophet prayed that God would return life to the widow’s son. This is the first time in the Biblical story that someone has been brought back from death.
My question: how does someone even think to pray for something without precedent? The answer to that question will alter how we pray and change our lives.
- Be lead by the Spirit. Even though this is an old testament story, Elijah embodies what this means. The text repeatedly tells us that the word of the Lord came to Elijah, told him where to go and what to do, and he obeyed. That is Spirit-lead living.
- Pray passionately and not casually. Elijah did not just pray. He “cried out to the Lord” (1 Kings 17:21). Casual prayer does not produce audacious results.
- Creatively solve problems through prayer. The normal rules of the natural world do not limit God. They should not limit what we ask in prayer. Ask the Spirit of God to open your eyes to what is possible…through him.
How can you pray like crazy? I bet we all have room to pray some crazy prayers. In fact, we need to stretch our faith with a little crazy.