Then Elijah said to King Ahab, “Now, go and eat. I hear the roar of rain approaching.” While Ahab went to eat, Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel, where he bowed down to the ground, with his head between his knees. He said to his servant, “Go and look toward the sea.” The servant went and returned, saying, “I didn’t see a thing.” Seven times Elijah told him to go and look. The seventh time he returned and said, “I saw a little cloud no bigger than a man’s hand, coming up from the sea.” Elijah ordered his servant, “Go to King Ahab and tell him to get in his chariot and go back home before the rain stops him.” In a little while the sky was covered with dark clouds, the wind began to blow, and a heavy rain began to fall. (1 Kings 18:41-45, GNT)
God initiates, and we respond. Elijah’s life was based on that principle. He had been told by God to show himself to wicked King Ahab so that God could send rain on the earth (1 Kings 18:1).
It sounded so very simple. Show up, speak to the king and it will rain. In fact, it was far more complex than that. Elijah had to “pray into existence” what God was telling him was to come to pass.
After rebuking (and in fact embarrassing) the false faith of the king and the false prophets through proclaiming a three-year drought and calling down fire from the sky, Elijah declared to the king that the rain was about to fall. He did that based on the fact that God had told him to say this. But it is the method used by Elijah that helps us today.
Elijah had a life based on prayer and obedience. From his knowledge of the Law of Moses, he knew it was the will of God that Israel turn from worshiping other gods. When they did, God’s blessing of rain could be restored.
Notice what occurred. Elijah had some kind of an auditory experience in the Spirit realm. He “heard” the rain coming. In fact, so strong was his conviction that he declared the sound of the rain and the approach of the storm to the king, long in advance of it happening. Remember, the land was parched from three years of drought.
Then, instead of simply waiting for the rain to fall based on the Word of the Lord to him, Elijah prayed for the very thing he knew God wanted to send.
Mighty God, Your word says that Elijah was a person just like me (James 5:17). So often I think I can’t pray like those who are in Scripture, but You want to hear my voice and speak to me just like You spoke to Elijah. Help my unbelief so that I will be faithful in prayer.
–Adapted from Power Praying (Hearing Jesus’ Spirit by Praying Jesus’ Prayer) by David Chotka. This resource is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
Praise the God who knows your sinful ways, but is still there to heal, guide, and comfort you (Isa. 57:18). Give thanks for God’s constant faithfulness. Confess any sinful deeds or thoughts that have remained unconfessed. Commit yourself to seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit every day. Ask him to walk close beside you today.
Pray for an opportunity in the next day to share your faith with someone who does not know Jesus. Ask God to give you courage and boldness in your witness.
“The church’s greatest deficiency today is in power—not in programs, strategies, materials, or ideas. And power for ministry can be released only through prayer.” — Anonymous
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