We can learn so much about prayer when we take a deep look at the closing moments of Elijah’s life. We come to discover that he does not try to manipulate people. Rather, he influences the land. As a result, people desire to follow him. By the end of His life, we see that there are companies of prophets following his teaching. More specifically, there is a young man named Elisha who followed Elijah and learned everything he could from him. After Elijah ascends into heaven he gives his cloak (representing his identity) to Elisha and Elisha becomes an influencer of the land. When we pray, we change the world by influencing the land.
“Elisha then picked up Elijah’s cloak that had fallen from him and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan.He took the cloak that had fallen from Elijah and struck the water with it. “Where now is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” he asked. When he struck the water, it divided to the right and to the left, and he crossed over.” II Kings 2:13,14
The light of heaven shines on the land as we pray. This awakens life and activates growth. Think about it this way, when the sun comes up the plants reach for it and they begin to grow. We need to apply this same concept to our prayer life by praying for the lights to come on. When we are faced with an attack on our character we should pray for the lights to come on. We don’t have to prove ourselves to anyone when the truth is clearly seen. If the lights come on and you discover you’ve been wrong all along. Well, then you can simply turn to God and ask for forgiveness. God gave His Son Jesus Christ so that we could walk in forgiveness as we turn away from our evil actions. When the lights come on people wake up. I woke up to the reality of salvation when someone prayed for me. This is how people are able to wake up. Hey, some might hit the snooze alarm. Some might throw the covers over their head. But, it’s much harder for them to continue sleeping when the light shines brightly. Not only do they wake up, but they also are activated into growth. Plants grow when the sun comes up. People grow when the light of God shines brightly. So, pray for the lights to come on.
As the light shines brightly the atmosphere is networked and the air is made new. The atmosphere is the reason life on earth is able to flourish. There is no life on the moon because there is no atmosphere. You may think that it’s nothing. However, if God took it away you would realize how much you need it. I once heard a scientist say “to a fish, water is ‘nothing.'” So, when your prayer changes the atmosphere it will change someone’s life. You can’t change their mind, emotion, or anything else inside of them. However, you can change the environment around them. In Photosynthesis light is transformed into energy by the networking of plants. What if someone’s atmosphere is changed by the networking of heaven and earth through you? What if someone becomes new because of you? Prayer changes the atmosphere by taking the light of heaven and turning it into energy on the earth.
When the light is shining bright and the atmosphere is being set nutrients are able to flourish. They facilitate development and dominance of the earth. Plants are constantly working to take over. If you let a building just sit by itself, it will be overtaken by plant life. This same idea applies in your prayer life. Your prayers are like nutrients on the land. God’s will develops as you pray. People are able to grow like crazy in their spiritual life as you pray. This leads to the land being dominated by the will of God. This is not instantaneous but, it works. If you take a time-lapse camera and record plants growing you will see how they adapt and dominate environments. It’s a slow process but the results are clear. So, keep praying and realize that you are providing nutrients on the earth for God’s will to flourish.
It takes one more very important thing for God’s will to flourish on the earth! It takes drops of water. Every word out of your mouth in prayer on the earth is like a drop of water. It may not seem like much, but as you keep on speaking and others join you the rain begins to fall hard on the land. The dry ground becomes flourishing soil. Drop after drop of liquid sunshine hit’s the earth and the life of God flourishes on the land. So, let’s pray and never stop!