Today, we’re going to look at the powerful prayers of Elijah.
So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees, And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times. And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not. And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel. (1Ki 18:42-45)
Elias 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 by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit. (Jam 5:17-18)
Elijah was a man of God – God’s man for his generation. At God’s direction, Elijah declared that it would not rain until he said so. It was three and a half years until the next drop of rain splashed onto Israel’s parched land. One person’s prayer can accomplish a lot.
Finally, Elijah prayed again and God sent rain. Notice that Elijah prayed and sought confirmation that the answer was on its way. Seven times he prayed and checked. We see here, again, the need for persistence in prayer. It only took a little bit of evidence to assure Elijah that God heard him and was getting ready to act. Elijah took action that showed his belief that God was going to do what he asked.
Now, here’s the really exciting part. The Bible doesn’t present Elijah as an exceptional saint whose faith was extraordinary. Instead, James puts him forth as an example of an ordinary man that God used to accomplish extraordinary things. Elijah had passions like us. He had the same feelings you do – the same weaknesses. The point is, God can do great things through your prayers if only you will ask Him and trust Him.
What About You?
- Have you seen God do anything supernatural, anything divine, in response to your prayers?
- Do you keep on praying until you have the assurance that the answer is on the way? (Saints of old called this “praying through.”
- Do you believe God can do great things in answer to your prayers?