KEY SCRIPTURE :1Kings 17:1 KJV” And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word”.
Elijah was exceedingly bold character, although he expressed human frailties on some occasions. He stood before Ahab the king and said as the Lord God lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be rain nor dew for three and a half years. The phrase ” before whom I stand” also means,’ I am always in His presence talking with Him’ The following is how the new testament put it James 5:17 KJV ” Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months “.What would have happened if his decree failed? It could mean his head being chopped off.
Elijah called for a contest between himself and the prophets of Baal. (1st Kings 18:21-25) He stood alone, against four hundred men. They were to call down fire from heaven, and the God who answered by fire, He was God. The one who failed to bring the fire down would be slaughtered. Elijah said the following, in his prayer, during his turn to call down fire. “Lord let it be known in Israel… that I have done all these at thy word”. How did he hear God? During his moments of prayer.
Arch Bishop Benson Idahosa of blessed memory was attacked by hired killers, who came to him carrying machine guns. He boldly walked towards them and declared by the count of three all your bullets would melt away, and you would lose your head.
The killers were overtaken with fear and started begging the man of God. Listening to Him once, he said he maintained three or four nights each weak to pray throughout those nights. His knowledge of God in prayer made him fearless.
Apostle Joshua Selman said ” The most accurate measure of the health of your spiritual life is your prayer life. It is easy to Preach but it is a sacrifice to pray”. Dear child of God, don’t be lazy to pray. “Prayer blazes you up, to consume any opposing forces”. (Hebrews 12:29)
Heavenly Father, I receive the spirit of prayer to pray consistently for the conversion of souls and to deal with every opposing force in Jesus name.
Act 4:31 KJV” And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness”.
Luke 4:14 KJV” And Jesus returned in the
power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about”.