Persistent Prayer – Luke 18:1-8
One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the story of Elijah at Mount Carmel with the prophets of Baal. Picture the worst President we have ever had in the history of the United States and multiply that by 5 and you have King Ahab. King Ahab reigned over Israel at the time of Elijah and Ahab had allowed other gods to “come into” the nation of Israel to be worshipped. Not only did he allow it, but he welcomed it. As you can imagine, God was not very happy about this and neither was Elijah. So Elijah challenged the 450 prophets of Baal to a fire ball contest on top of the mountain. As the story goes, the prophets of Baal pray and get no response at all… (According to Elijah, Baal must have been using the restroom.) After the failure of the prophets of Baal finished, Elijah commanded water to be poured on the alter multiple times and prays a prayer that has spoken to me since I was little.
1 Kings 18:36b-37 “O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, today let it be known that You are God in Israel and that I am Your servant and I have done all these things at Your word. Answer me, O Lord, answer me, that this people may know that You, O Lord, are God, and that You have turned their heart back again.”
Fire consumed the alter and swallowed up the water!
Have you ever prayed and fire came down from Heaven? Neither have I! But what I do know is that the God Elijah served is the same God that we serve. The same God who heard the prayer of Elijah hears our prayers today. Let us be a praying church that has confidence when we pray, because of the God we serve.