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Prayers of the Prophets – Lesson 8: Divine Power

Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. – I Kings 18:37

Scripture Reading: I Kings. 18:1-20
Introduction

Not all great prayers recorded in the Bible were long-many of the greatest were quite short. Such is the case’ with Elijah’s prayer for divine power to be demonstrated before Israel on Mt. Carmel. With just twenty-six words, Elijah prayed and the fire fell!

Of course, it is well understood that Elijah was a man of prayer. Undoubtedly, he spent much time before the Lord God in holy conversation. The fire that fell on the altar that critical day didn’t fall because of the longness or shortness of Elijah’s praying, but because Elijah’s heart was right with God and the prophet moved in the divine will.

There are many misconceptions about praying that need to be corrected. Perhaps the worst is that prayer is a chore, not a privilege. The way we view prayer will depend greatly upon the relationship we have with God. If our fellowship with God is strained or broken, then prayer will be dull and undesirable. A strained marriage is not much different. If a husband has allowed his love for his spouse to wane, he probably won’t get much joy from communicating with her. The limited time she’ll receive his attention is when he wants something in return.

How do you view prayer? If our relationship with God is vibrant and alive, then we will be looking forward to spending time talking with Him. But if we’ve allowed other things to take His place in our lives, then prayer will be difficult. This must be changed.

Take it from Elijah-prayer works! So, if your praying has lost its potency and excitement, it’s time to put God back on the throne of your heart. Ask Him to send heavenly fire down to consume the sacrifice of your life!

Lesson Questions

  1. Who did Ahab gather together for the showdown on Mt. Carmel? I Kings 18:19-20.
  2. What was Elijah’s challenge to Israel? I Kings 18:21-24; Jos. 24:14-15.
  3. What did the prophets of Baal do to get Baal to answer them? I Kings 18:25-29.
  4. How did Elijah prepare the altar and sacrifice for the LORD? I Kings 18:30-35.
  5. Does Elijah’s prayer reveal that he was under divine guidance in the meeting on Mt. Carmel? I Kings 18:36.
  6. Why did Elijah want God to answer his prayer? I Kings 18:37.
  7. What was the ensuing result of Elijah’s prayer? I Kings 18:38-40.
  8. Describe how Elijah then prays for an end of the drought. I Kings 18:41-45.

Life Application

When believing God for a miracle, it is good to enlist the help of others. Praying together, and for each other, holds many powerful benefits. Remember that Jesus sent His disciples out by twos. The early church likewise sent teams to do missionary work. There is power in working together in unity.

Jesus said, “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” (Matt. 18:19-20)

The Greek word for “agree” is the word from which we get “symphony.” A harmonious blend of prayer is desirable and effective.