“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.” (James 5:16b-18)
Our hearts and prayers go out for every family, church, school, and business that has been affected by the Thomas fire. We are praying that God speak peace and calm to the winds or send them north over the mountains where the fire will not destroy any structures. We are also praying that God hear the prayers of faith of His righteous Elijahs, and send the miracle of rain sooner than it has been forecast.
Will you also please pray for children who need peace as well as safety at this time? CEF has published a brochure entitled “Why do bad things happen?” If you would like any of those brochures, we have some in our office and I can bring some to you.
May the presence of Emmanuel be especially significant to you, and may you sense the arms of the Father of mercies and God of all comfort embracing you at this time.
“When Hudson Taylor was asked if he ever prayed without any consciousness of joy, he replied: ‘Often: sometimes I pray on with my heart feeling like wood; often too, the most wonderful answers have come when prayer has been a real effort of faith without any joy whatever.’”
(Springs in the Valley, Mrs. Charles Cowman)