And so it was, that as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, one of His disciples said unto Him, Lord, teach us to pray; as John also taught his disciples.
17) Elijah was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain, and it rained not on the earth for three years and six months.
18) And he prayed again: and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit,
My prayer life is not dead, but in all honestly it does seem to be on life support, as I try to pray I can here the adversary say God doesn't care, and how he would answer my needs. I know that nothing is impossible for God, so I know God is able, but I can hear the devil whispering God doesn't care. I know our feelings can lie to us, but I just find it so difficult to tell my selfish delusion from God promises. My pray life just seems so meaningless.
How can we prayer as Elijah did, with so much power?
As I mentioned in a topic Tiger started about forgiving and forgetting, the disciples of Jesus (some of which were disciples of John the Baptist) asked the Lord to teach them to pray as John taught his disciples to pray. This was in an Old Covenant setting under Old Testament Law. The New Covenant did not begin until the death of the testator (Jesus) on the cross (Hebrews 9:16-17). What has come to be called the Lord's prayer (by the Church organization / Traditions of Man Inc.) is actually the disciples' prayer. The true Lord's prayer is John 17 (Jesus' High Priestly prayer).
The prophet Eliyahu was at the crossroads of destiny for his life and ministry when his prayers were so powerful. He faithfully served his purpose at that point in the face of the 400 false prophets. Followed by a rather cowardly retreat from Y'ezba'al.
While the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (James 5:16) the focal point and indeed the power thereof is God.
Even if we want to do what we deem a mighty deed for Christ (which God may actually do) if it is what WE deem might or what WE want to transpire... it is just another way of spending it on our lusts...
James 4:1-3 (KJV)
1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
Elijah had submissive motives and was very courageous in his prayer / outwitting the false prophets of Baal. Yet he at times thought no one was left and the Lord told him about the remnant.
What I am driving at is it's all about God.
1 John 5:14-15 (KJV)
14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
It may not be his will what you are asking to be powerfully done. It may be like most (not necessarily you) an ego trip... much like those who post on message boards only to show what they know...
It's all about God. And when we see this and breathe this in our own lives and stop trying to get our will done or make ourselves look good etc... then the Lord can use humble vessels to do mighty things if it is his will to do so.