NAS Ps 109:4 In return for my love they act as my accusers;
But I am in prayer.
KJV “But I give myself unto prayer”
Acts 6:4 But we will give (Devote) ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.
Acts 2:42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Zech 10:1 Ask rain from the Lord at the time of the spring rain—
The Lord who makes the storm clouds; And He will give them showers of rain, vegetation in the field to each man.
ELIJAH – 1 KINGS 18:1 Now it happened after many days that the word of the Lord came to Elijah in the third year, saying, “Go, show yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the face of the earth.”
41 Now Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of the roar of a heavy shower.”
42 So Ahab went up to eat and drink. But Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he crouched down on the earth and put his face between his knees.
43 He said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” So he went up and looked and said, “There is nothing.” And he said, “Go back” seven times. 44 It came about at the seventh time, that he said, “Behold, a cloud as small as a man’s hand is coming up from the sea.” And he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot and go down, so that the heavy shower does not stop you.’” 45 In a little while the sky grew black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy shower. And Ahab rode and went to Jezreel. Then the hand of the Lord was on Elijah, and he girded up his loins and outran Ahab to Jezreel.
James 5:16 The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much…
“Exerts a mighty influence”
Eph 6:18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,
PERSEVERANCE MEANS YOU DON’T QUIT.
Luke 18 men ought to pray and not faint. Woman who goes to the unrighteous judge
Luke 11 the guy that goes to his neighbor for bread late in the night.
IMPORTUNITY MEANS; SHAMELESS PERSISTENCE – BOLDNESS
Luke 18:1 Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart, 2 saying, “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man. 3 There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me legal protection from my opponent.’ 4 For a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, 5 yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will wear me out.’” 6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge *said;
7 now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? 8 I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”
EM BOUNDS – “Secret fervent believing prayer lies at the root of all personal godliness”