Daily Devotionals

He Has Magnified His Word, Psalm 138:2

Turning Passion Into Prayers by F.B. Meyer

Jas 5:17 “Elijah was a man of like passions with us, and he prayed fervently.”(RV).

When we read that Elijah was a man subject to the same passions as ourselves, we are apt to suppose that we have the clue to the driving force of his life. But Scripture shows that the results of his wonderful career were achieved, not by his passion, but by his prayer! Elijah, though capable of the same vehement earnestness with which we are all endowed, refused to accomplish his life-work by the employment of lower energies, but set himself to obtain the results he desired, through prayer. He was a man of like passions with ourselves, but he prayed earnestly. He turned his passion into prayer.

…Let us pray more. Let us seek to be filled with a passionate love to our Lord Jesus, and to the world of men—with a love so hot that the most passionate words of St. Bernard or Faber may not seem extravagant. Then let us divert the glowing metal into the mould of prayer—which may express itself in an intense silence of intercession, or with strong cryings and tears. At least let us not dare to be tepid and apathetic in the midst of this wonderful universe which is electric with living energy!