“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much(Jas.5:16)”.Prayer of Elias is given as an example in the following verse. It was not what came out of King David. God found him a man after his heart because He is righteous and any man who seeks to please him must know what He does require from him. David knew just that. He was far from righteous and apart from some serious failings he still clung to him only on that slender thread of trust. Who shall not be moved from his heartfelt cry “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise(Ps.51:17). Prayer of a child of God is based on trust and faith is the common currency. No cryptocurrency or dud when one seeks God. Like the prodigal son on return straight from the heart. Trust between Father and son is not on material things won or lost. “.. When King David prays, “…. Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips (Ps.17:1)” That cry is on the same level of Hannah being so overwhelmed no words would come yet God had heard her. Samuel was the proof. He did not despise as Eli who mistook it for the drunken mumbling of a low woman. No our flesh is inadequate for enunciating our utter despair struggling to find a word out. Prayer of Jonah would have been out of place for eloquence to win the moment being in a great fish’s belly(Ch.2). It is in these unlikely places the Spirit must come to our help. “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered(Ro.8:26)”.Here we have the prayer of Prophet Jeremiah. Truth in our inwards has a language that no rational mind can decipher as faith which is also a lost language for it. Proof of the pudding is in eating, There is a beautiful line in Jeremiah ch.31:”At this I awoke and looked around. My sleep had been pleasant to me.” In the midst of great upheaval and the message God had given him to deliver that posed great danger, he found God had given sleep and we might say,’sleep of the just.’ Faith is not simple walk like the babes in wood but walking with an unseen presence as we read of the Emmaus experience. The two followers would not have recognized the risen Christ but for the breaking of bread. His words established correctly his identity. It is how truth in our inwards comes to our help. As St Paul says faith is by hearing the word of God (Ro.10:17). Mighty Samson was mighty in his deeds and his prayer when his sight was put out, shows another aspect of it.”I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God..” As a result ‘the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life (Jud.16:30)’. We read that Samson had prayed earlier when he was sore athirst( Jud.15:18). It was for satisfying his physical need but in his prayer that God would avenge for his two eyes, was a prayer in faith. Faith can move mountains and for a Nazarene (whom God had reserved for His purpose even before birth) faith was altogether of a different league. Faith connected with the divine Will. Does it not teach us we must use it according to his Will than for needful things? To this Jesus Christ showed us how He does provides for lilies of the field(Matt.6:33).
Prophet Jeremiah trusted God implicitly. He did not throw good money away in buying the property of his kinsman which at the moment was under occupation. If your faith wilts under test what are you but a man of straw? His relationship was not only for fair weather but for eternity. It is what we need consider our lives in flesh. Temporal v. eternal (2 co.4:18 )
For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in this land.
16 Now when I had delivered the evidence of the purchase unto Baruch the son of Neriah, I prayed unto the Lord, saying,
17 Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:
18 Thou shewest lovingkindness unto thousands, and recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them: the Great, the Mighty God, the Lord of hosts, is his name,
19 Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men: to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings:
20 Which hast set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, even unto this day, and in Israel, and among other men; and hast made thee a name, as at this day;
21 And hast brought forth thy people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs, and with wonders, and with a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with great terror;
22 And hast given them this land, which thou didst swear to their fathers to give them, a land flowing with milk and honey;
23 And they came in, and possessed it; but they obeyed not thy voice, neither walked in thy law; they have done nothing of all that thou commandedst them to do: therefore thou hast caused all this evil to come upon them:
24 Behold the mounts, they are come unto the city to take it; and the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans, that fight against it, because of the sword, and of the famine, and of the pestilence: and what thou hast spoken is come to pass; and, behold, thou seest it.
25 And thou hast said unto me, O Lord God, Buy thee the field for money, and take witnesses; for the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans.