In literature, an “everyman” has come to mean an ordinary individual that the audience or reader easily identifies with, but who has no outstanding abilities or attributes. An everyman hero is one who is placed in extraordinary circumstances and acts with heroic qualities. While lacking the talent of the classical hero, they exhibit sound moral judgment and selflessness in the face of adversity.


While Bible heroes (Hebrews 11) stood out because of their faith, they were still regular people. Elijah (11:38) tops the list. James elaborates.

17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. 18 Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit. James 5:16-18 (NAS)

When God chooses his players in the drama called life, he casts the “everyman” who can handle the role only in a spiritually energized state. In Elijah he had an “everyman” who would not only pray, but pray earnestly while under his influence.

Indeed, the prophet is known for his wobbling (1 Kings 19:9-10), but when it counted most he rose to the occasion, stood toe to toe with false prophets and a wicked king and queen, on the firm foundation of effective prayer.

The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. James 5:16

While willingness and earnestness are what God looks for in the lead role, most of all he wants righteousness. Not “everyman” has it.

About Rick Reynolds

You'll find me in the far right hand corner of evangelical Christianity. Been studying the Word for nearly 45 years and counting.
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