Then Elijah said to Ahab, go up eat and drink for there is the sound of abundance of rain. So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel, then he bowed down on the ground and put his face between his knees and said to his servant, go up now, look toward the sea. So he went up and looked and said, there is nothing. And seven times he said, go again. Then it came to pass the seventh time, that he said, there is a cloud as small as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea. So he said, go up, say to Ahab, prepare your chariots and go down before the rain stops you. Now it happened in the meantime that the sky became black with clouds and wind and there was a heavy rain. So Ahab rode away and went to Jezreel. Then the hand of the Lord came upon Elijah and he girded up his loins and ran ahead of Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel – 1 Kings 18 : 41 – 46.
Most times, when we pray, we feel that our prayers are not being heard by God. Elijah prayed first time, second time up to seven times without giving up. If may be he gave up after praying for five times and loose hope, there would have been no result. Although there was no result, he kept praying until there was result and that is the same way God want us to keep praying until we see result. Not that God did not hear Elijah right from the very first time he started praying, but God want him to really prove it if he really rely on Him. That is why most times our prayers are not answered because we are unable to prove to God that we rely solely on Him.
Anytime we pray for anything, we are more closer to the result more than we can imagine. So we should not give up, we should be persistent and be focus because God is ever ready to answer our prayer if we pray in agreement to His word.
Father, I thank You for Your grace upon our lives. Thank You for the favor You give to us everyday. Give us the grace to be persistent in our prayers. Help us to always trust You no matter the circumstances around us so that at the end the honor and glory will be given to You in the name of Jesus Christ.