The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. James 5:16b-18
Elijah was no super hero. He was like us; but he believed in the God who does wonders. He prayed fervently that it would not rain, and it did not rain. Again he prayed, that it would rain, and it rained! That is the theme of today’s story.
When Israel was in crisis, due to the influence of the evil Queen Jezebel, who had brought the country to worship Baal and Asherah, God raised up a bold prophet. It’s no small thing to do what Elijah did–to go to the king and say that there will be no rain, unless by his word. That required fervent prayer!
Elijah prayed fervently that it would not rain, and it stopped raining for three and a half years. Then he prayed again, and it rained! Before that rain, there was the experience we had in last week’s story, when God sent fire from heaven.
An interesting detail, which we illustrated in the picture that goes with the story, is when Elijah ran before King Ahab’s chariot, all the way from Mount Carmel to Jezreel. In my calculations it was more than 20 miles. What amazing strength God gave his servant! Ahab traveled in his chariot, but Elijah ran in front of him, and arrived in Jezreel before the king!
God has not changed. The Lord is the same yesterday and today, and forever. The God of Elijah is your God. The God of Elijah is my God. The God of Elijah will work with us as we trust in Him.
What is your need today? Pray earnestly!
You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. James 4:2,3
Pray for God’s Kingdom to come! Pray for His will to be done!
Believe Jesus’ promise, that we can ask and receive.
And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. John 14:13,14
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. John 15:16
In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete… In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. John 16: 23,24,26
Read the story #9: The Prophet that Prayed for Rain
Elijah warns the King that it will not rain