Last night we circled the Redmond Airport three times as the pilot evaluated whether we could land or have to go back to Portland. The issue was low-lying fog. I guarantee you there were a lot of prayers that the fog would lift. But how many of us actually thought our prayers would lift the fog? Seriously? Do we believe that our prayers can have a direct impact on weather patterns? What about on our lives?
Elijah was this prophet in the Old Testament who prayed that it would not rain and it didn’t for three years. Then he prayed that it would rain and it did (1 Kings 18:41-46). James writes about Elijah and intentionally calls him a “human, just like us” (James 5:17). He’s making the point that the prayers of us all can have impact.
After 20 minutes of circling Redmond, after 20 minutes of intense prayer, the pilot turned the plane towards Redmond and we were able to land. I don’t know if our prayers had any impact or not. The pilot did not get on the P.A. and announce we experienced a miracle. But the fog lifted enough for the pilot to land. And we walked off the plane excited because we were not in Portland.
I am convinced that I must pray more often. Not out of some religious exercise, but because our prayers have impact, and consequently our lives can make a difference. But if we don’t pray something, nothing will happen – that is a guarantee.