ELIJAH KIND OF PRAYER
James 5:17-18“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 land for three years and six months”.
Elijah was a natural man with natural short comings just like us, yet his life was so powerful and influential. He lived an amazing life. His words closed the heavens from giving rain for tree and half years. He was fed by ravens. He made an open show of the prophets of Baal at Mount Carmel. His presence made a widow’s supply of oil and flour miraculously never run out. He raised her son back to life.
What can we learn from Elijah’s life that made his prayer life to be so powerful and effective? What can we learn from Elijah personality that will help our prayer life and our walk with God?
ELIJAH LEARED TO BE COMPLETELY DEPENDENT ON GOD
After Elijah’s first confrontation with king Ahab, God sent him to Kerith Brook, where he had no way to meet his own needs. There Elijah sat, no food, no provisions. He was completely at the mercy of God and Jehovah Jireh provided as only He can supply own needs according to His riches in glory (see Philippians 4:19). God saw his needs. It was there, with everything stripped away, that God sent ravens to bring him food, a bird that is so stingy that would not share her foods with her babes (see 1 Kings 17:5-6). Even when the brook dried up, Elijah was not move by what was happening because he knew that the dryness of the brook is not the dryness of God’s faithfulness because God’s faithfulness never gets dry, it is new every morning (see Lamentation 3:23).
ELIJAH PRAYED BOLDLY FOR GOD-SIZED MIRACLES
Elijah’s confidence and conviction on God’s power was strong and great. He asked God for things by incredible faith. Elijah did not limit God with small requests. He has God has he was led for great things because he knew that God was able and faithful. He called on God with enough faith to believe God would answer even the most audacious prayer; and without fail, God answered those audacious prayers. He poured out His power repeatedly, giving Elijah opportunities to proclaim God’s glory (see 1King 18:36-38).
ELIJAH’S PRAYERS AND LIFE POINTED THE PEOPLE ONLY TO GOD
Elijah was completely in tune with God. He was not acting on his self-will or desires. He walked with God and he listened for God’s voice. His prayers were in total agreement with what God asked of him. His activities pointed the people only to God.
The widow’s flour and oil did not run out this is a reminder that God sees our needs and provides. The widow’s son was raised from the dead, a reminder that God cares about our deepest hurts. The drought, a reminder that even the winds and the storms are subject to His control. Hear it in Elijah’s own words in 1 Kings 18:37:
“O Lord answer me! Answer me so these people will know that you, O Lord, are God and that you have brought them back to yourself”
Elijah’s prayers were for all about God. Yes, Elijah called down fire from heaven to consume the water and the sacrifices not for his own praise, but so that the people would know that God only is to be glorified.
ELIJAH WAS COMITTED TO PRAYERS UNTIL HE GET AN ANSWER
Elijah was committed for the long drag. He knew that sometimes an answer to prayer may not come immediately so he was committed to fervent faith prayers until he get an answer (see 1Kings 18:42-45)
Elijah had spoken the drought into existence and when the time came for the drought to end, he began to petition the God of creation for rain. He was not asking for a little rain, but great pour that will quench the thirst of the land. He prayed, heaven was still, that did not stop him, he asked again without any response from heaven. Seven times he asked and sent his servant to look for an answer. He prayed believing God for an answer. Finally Elijah prayed through until he received his expectation.
We must pray earnestly and fervently we must not give up. We must have the attitude of expectation, believing that God is able and willing to answer our prayers (see Luke 18). We must remember that faithfulness is in the character of God and that He is willing to hear us and He is able to do far more than we ask, expect or think of Him (Ephesians 3:20)