“So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees, And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times.”
1 Kings 18:42-43
James 5:16b is a very popular scripture in Christian circles. It is very unlikely you haven’t heard it.
While I believe the information in that verse of scripture has dawned on many, for some, it is just a buzz word.
“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” or as the popular Amplified version puts it “The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].”
Elijah is a man in the scriptures we can learn from concerning focus in the place of prayer. Focus is one thing that makes a huge difference in Prayer.
We’ve heard people say things like “Elijah controlled the elemental forces of this world”, “He commanded that there should be no rain, and there was no rain. It didn’t end there. When the stated no-rain period was over, he commanded that the heaven bring forth rain”.
Many have pondered how he could do this or how he could have done it at such a level.
The beautiful thing is that Elijah wasn’t a deity. He was fully man with no atom of deity. Hence, what he did, we can do and more.
We also see our Master Jesus exert focus and emotion in the place of prayer.
The first part of Matt 26:39 says “And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed,…”
Focus ensures that all form of distraction is eliminated- if being around people will cause you to be distracted, Look for a solitary place (like Jesus did). If your device will cause you to be distracted, put it away.
Also, don’t allow your mind wander away- think of all you have to say to your Father conscious of the fact that he is there with you; when you do this, you are unlikely to run out of words.
Ensure your emotions are invested in the place of prayer.
So, the next time you are about to pray, starting from today, be conscious of the fact that focus matters.