Summary: God rains down on those who come to Him with turned hearts.
ii 1 Kings 18.1-2 –Went to Ahab and confronted the king’s sin.
iii Assembled the people, called for the contest, etc.
b Elijah did and said what was godly in spite of how unpopular his stance was perceived. (Divine approval/public applause: Pleasing God/Popularity)
He’s standing alone (18.22), but he’s loud.
He’s carrying out an all out attack against Satan on Mt. Carmel.
All Alone! "One plus God is a majority." -Martin Luther
c Elijah’s prayer was simply asking God for God’s will to be done.
B We need to be sure that what were dong is according to the will of God. (Many of us are obedient, just not to God.)
a Elijah’s prayer "I am thy servant . . . I have done these things at thy word."
Many times were not "thy" servants, but rather we’re servants of "my."
Don’t do something you want to do and then ask God to bless it.
b God’s not a florist/Domino’s Pizza
Elijah only prayed about a minute . . . but wow!
He lived his prayers obediently, asked God’s Word/Will
Pray according to His will. (God, do what you want to do!)
Ps. 115.3 "Our God is in heaven. He does what He pleases."
God always answers our prayers according to His will, not ours. Disciples bring their will under submission to God’s.
C D. L. Moody said, "I believe firmly that the moment our hearts are emptied of pride and selfishness and ambition and everything that is contrary to God’s law, the Holy Spirit will fill every corner of our hearts. But if we are full of pride and conceit and ambition and the world, there is no room for the Spirit of God. We must be emptied before we can be filled."
a Bible teacher F.B. Meyer once had a firewood factory that employed prisoners.
Meyer would give them a job to do, good wages, a place to live, and, when possible, spiritual
encouragement. In exchange, he expected them to render good employment. They didn’t, and he lost money. Finally he fired them all and purchased a circular saw powered by a gas engine.
In one hour, it turned out more work than the combined efforts of all the men covered in the course of a whole day. One day, Meyer had a little conversation with his saw.
"How can you turn out so much work?" he asked. "Are you sharper than the saws my men were using? No? Is your blade shinier? No? What then? Better oil or lubrication against the wood?"
The saw’s answer, could it speak, would have been, "I think there is a stronger driving power behind me. Something is working through me with a new force. It is not I, it is the power behind."
Meyer later observed that many Christians and many ministers are working in the power of the flesh, in the power of their intellect, their energy, their enthusiastic zeal, but with poor effect.
They need to become linked to the power of God through the Holy Ghost.
T.S.: Elijah lived under the command of God, but his prayers were for the nation of Israel to fall in love with God.
II The second variable that was present in Elijah’s Firefall prayer was Elijah requested for repentance. (v. 37)
A Elijah’s prayer was specific to a wayward generation’s return to the God of their fathers.