LIFE MORE ABUNDANTLY ® Look Again
“…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…'” [1 Kings 18:42b-44a]
Prayer is the language of God. Elijah represents an awesome example of how faith, prayer and confession produced a breakthrough in the kingdom of God. The backstory of the event is extensive. In summary, Elijah had faith that he could pray for rain in the midst of a famine. Why? Because it was his prayers that caused several years of drought in the first place. In the Old Testament, God often used prophets to relay the Word of the Lord to kings of the land. However, there were plenty of times that the king would not heed God’s warnings to be obedient to His Word. The lack of rain was due to an overwhelming departure from God’s will and represented His judgment. The breakthrough of rain was a result of Elijah’s prayer after the prophets of Baal, a major issue, were denounced and overcome. Rain came as a result of some level of obedience by rejecting idolatry.
It’s worth noting that before Elijah prayed, he confessed before the king that there would be the abundance of rain. How did he know? He knew because God had told him so. And Elijah sensed it in his spirit because he declared that he could even hear the sound of rain. Yet, although God had already ordained it and Elijah could sense it, Elijah still had to pray it through. Prayer is our way of agreeing with God to bring to pass His desire for our lives.
The other factor is that Elijah was obedient. He chose to suffer standing for God rather than submitting to ungodly leadership
exercised by King Ahab and Queen Jezebel. Instead, he staunchly objected of the sinful practice of Baal worship and was victorious in a “showdown” between the powers of Almighty God and darkness. As believers, God has given up power and authority over all of the ability of the enemy. We can walk in the same victory that Elijah did. But we must do what he did. We cannot pray alone, but must combine our prayer with faith in God, positive confession, and obeying the Word of the Lord.
Finally, realize that all of these things are working in ways that may not be obvious initially. The Bible states that the things that are unseen are greater than the things that are seen. Breakthrough begins in the heavens. Often times we may get discouraged because we do not see an immediate change. But Elijah was different. He was not concerned about timing. He was prepared to keep praying until the prayer came to pass. That’s the significance of asking his servant to check seven times more. Seven is the number of completion. But realize, too, that the servant checked eight times in all. And the number eight represents new beginnings.
As we have entered into a new year, there is a sense that God is about to do something new. Can’t you sense it? It’s important that we recognize it so that we can pray our breakthroughs into manifestation. So let’s commit to pray without ceasing while looking for the manifestation. The rain that God brought after all those years of drought in Elijah’s day was described as “abundant.” It’s as if He made up for all of the years of drought and famine that they had endured. Rest assured that God will restore to you all of the years that you’ve endured hardness as well. After all, God is not a respecter of persons.
BACKSTORY & MEDITATION SCRIPTURES: I Kings 16:33-I Kings 17:1, I Kings 18:1-46, Psalm 103:6, Isaiah 43:19, Joel 2:25, Luke 10:19, Luke 18:1, Romans 2:11, 2 Corinthian 4:18, Hebrews 10:23