MONDAY, JULY 26
Scripture: James 5:16-18
In James 5:16-18 we find out what is-khoo-o really means. James put it this way: “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 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 land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.” Now Elijah was a man like us. He is given as the example. But the end of 16 says, “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man is-khoo-o…” It prevails over the enemy. The example is Elijah. And he prayed that it would not rain. Praying that it will not rain on an agrarian economy is praying bankruptcy over it. The New Testament example of what it means to have salt and is-khoo-o/overcome is Elijah praying the economy shut so he could kill the prophets of Baal. Elijah prayed judgment on the nation until the defiling parties were removed. That is the picture of what Jesus is talking about when he says, “You either have salt, or you don’t.” Can we pray a ‘George Soros’ into bankruptcy? Can we pray a ‘moveon.org’ into the utter judgment of the living God? Can we pray a ‘Planned Parenthood’ into bankruptcy? Can we pray ACLU-like attorneys into bankruptcy?