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Summary: Part 3 of series on Elijah. Prayer lessons from Elijah's life.

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“Powerful and Effective” Prayer

Elijah #3

Once it a while I need to remind myself how huge and powerful God really is,

and there’s a kids book I love,

that reminds me of God’s power better than anything else.

The book is called, Is a Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There Is?

It starts out---

The largest animal on earth is the blue whale. Just the flippers on its tail are bigger than most animals on earth. PICTURE

But a blue whale isn't anywhere near as big as a mountain. If you put 100 blue whales in a huge jar, you could put millions of whale-jars inside a hollowed-out Mt. Everest. PICTURE

But Mt. Everest isn't near as big as the earth. If you stacked 100 Mt. Everests on top of one another, it would be just a whisker on the face of the earth. PICTURE

And the earth isn't anywhere near as big as the sun. You could fit one million earths inside the sun. PICTURE

But the sun, which is a medium-size star, isn't anywhere near as big as the red supergiant star called Antares. Fifty million of our suns could fit inside of Antares.

But Antares isn't anywhere near as big as the Milky Way galaxy. Billions of stars, including supergiants like Antares, as well as countless comets and asteroids, make up the milky Way galaxy.

(it would take our fastest spacecraft, Voyager 1, at 38,000 mph,

1.7 Billion years just to cross the milky way.

But the Milky Way galaxy isn't anywhere near as big as the universe. There are billions of other galaxies in the universe.

PICTURE

And yet, filled with billions of galaxies, the universe is almost totally empty. The distances from one galaxy to another are beyond our imagination.

And the Creator of this universe is God, who with a Word spoke it all into being, who is present everywhere in this universe and beyond, and who holds it all together with his mighty power.

We have no idea of the awesome power of God.

It's incomprehensible.

and what's even more amazing

is that He wants to use that power to help you,

to answer your prayer.

Ephesians 1:20

I pray that you will begin to understand how incredibly great His power is to help those who believe Him...

God says “The same power that I used to create the universe,

I want to use, to help you,

and he does that through prayer.

Have you ever prayed for something really, really hard…

Asking God to change a situation,

get you a job,

heal somebody,

take this thing away,

help this relationship,

Or, God would you take away this addiction.

I can’t keep wrestling with the thing

month after month, and year after year.”

So you pray about this,

and it’s a huge deal for you,

its really important, so you’re praying really hard,

but then God apparently does nothing?

“He doesn’t take it away,

he doesn’t heal,

he doesn’t bring along that right relationship,

he doesn’t fix the bad relationship,

in fact, maybe it gets worse,

maybe it gets more hopeless,

So you start to ask,

I wonder if God even cares.

Is He really there?

Can He really hear me?

Is He listening?

He’s not answering my prayer,


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