- Faith in Prayer
subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly
5:17 1 Kings 17:21,18:36,37,42
man for the hour is the man who has mastered
the prayer of faith.
of his prayers,
Elijah flamed like a meteor across the midnight
of Israel's apostasy. Man of like passions with us, he was a man of unlike
passion in prayer. He threw all the fiercy forces of his
nature into his praying
ever he crashed on to the stage
of Israel's history, he had graduated in the school
was no tyro in the art of taking
hold of God. Only long intimacy with the Almighty
could give birth to such audacious prayers
else had the serene faith to expect God to stay the
beneficent course of nature at his word (Jas. 5:17)?
else had offered a prayer that rent the sky with heaven's
vindicating flame (1 Kings 18:38)?
prevailed in private before he put God to the test in public.
faith created the atmosphere in which God could
work His miracles. Because he stood consciously before
God, he could stand fearlessly before the king (18:15).
The divine response to his prayer of faith demonstrated to the nation that God
was God, and brought
them on their faces in awe before Him
faith had the divine promise of rain on which to rest (18:1). But he had no
promise of fire. Yet so well did he know his God that he dared
to so commit Him that
He could not fail to respond without compromising His own character and
existence (18:36, 37).
prayers invaded a realm never before
- the domain of death (17:21, 22). When he prayed for rain, he did not require
the comforting assurance of sight (18:43).
could believe God without
any evidence to the senses. This is the prayer of faith.