February 4, 2018
SERMON TITLE:  The Rainmaker
SERMON TEXT:  I Kings 18:42-44, James 5:17-18

1 Kings 18:42-44  (CEB)
42 So Ahab got up to celebrate with food and drink. But Elijah went up to the top of Mount Carmel. He bowed down to the ground and put his face between his knees. 43 He said to his assistant, “Please get up and look toward the sea.”
So the assistant did so. He said, “I don’t see anything.”
Seven times Elijah said, “Do it again.”
44 The seventh time the assistant said, “I see a small cloud the size of a human hand coming up from the sea.”
Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Pull yourself together, go down the mountain, and don’t let the rain hold you back.’”

James 5:17-18 (CEB)
17 Elijah was a person just like us. When he earnestly prayed that it wouldn’t rain, no rain fell for three and a half years. 18 He prayed again, God sent rain, and the earth produced its fruit.

I. The Person

James 5:17(a) (CEB)
17 Elijah was a person just like us.

A. Not Extraordinary.

II. The Prayer

James 5:17(b) (CEB)
When he earnestly prayed that it wouldn’t rain, no rain fell for three and a half years.

A. Persistence

 

1 Kings 18:43-44  (CEB)
43 He said to his assistant, “Please get up and look toward the sea.”
So the assistant did so. He said, “I don’t see anything.”
Seven times Elijah said, “Do it again.”
44 The seventh time the assistant said, “I see a small cloud the size of a human hand coming up from the sea.”
Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Pull yourself together, go down the mountain, and don’t let the rain hold you back.’”

III. The Product

James 5:18(a)  (NIV)

18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain

A. Produced what was needed

James 5:18(b)  (NIV)

and the earth produced its crops.

Conclusion:

A. Powerful and Effective Prayer

James 5:16 (b)(NIV)
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.