Praying with Persistence

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Elijah tells an inspiring story about praying for rain in 1 Kings. The land was literally desperate for rain. Torrents of rain! The famine was so great because of drought that the people had to forage for food. For three and a half years, not a single drop of rain fell. So Elijah, who really knows about prayer, climbs to the very top of Mount Carmel, bows to the ground with his face between his knees, and starts to pray. His faith is so great that he sends his servant to look toward the sea and spy out the coming rain.

But The servant sees nothing, not a hint of rain

Elijah keeps praying and sends His servant to look for the rain seven times.

Still nothing!

Finally! There’s something to see. Onthe seventh look, the servant sees a wisp of a cloud in the sky.

“Then get on your chariot quickly and go tell Ahab before the deluge of rain stops you,” says Elijah.

Soon the sky was filled with clouds, and a heavy wind brought a mighty rainstorm.

There are times when we need to pray for something we desperately need. We pray and pray and see no change. But finally God opens the heavens and we receive a deluge of answered prayer, It’s all about persistence and patience.

Will it take seven times praying?  Perhaps it will take even more. But God hears us and the answer will come in time.  I’m ready to say my prayers. How about you?

1 Kings 18:41-19:8. New Living Translation (NLT)

Elijah Prays for Rain
Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go get something to eat and drink, for I hear a mighty rainstorm coming!”

So Ahab went to eat and drink. But Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel and bowed low to the ground and prayed with his face between his knees.

Then he said to his servant, “Go and look out toward the sea.”

The servant went and looked, then returned to Elijah and said, “I didn’t see anything.”

Seven times Elijah told him to go and look. Finally the seventh time, his servant told him, “I saw a little cloud about the size of a man’s hand rising from the sea.”

Then Elijah shouted, “Hurry to Ahab and tell him, ‘Climb into your chariot and go back home. If you don’t hurry, the rain will stop you!’”

And soon the sky was black with clouds. A heavy wind brought a terrific rainstorm, and Ahab left quickly for Jezreel. Then the Lord gave special strength to Elijah. He tucked his cloak into his belt and ran ahead of Ahab’s chariot all the way to the entrance of Jezreel.

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