Elijah Prayed for Rain (2023)

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Elijah Prayed for Rain, The Prayer of Elijah

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Introduction to Elijah Prayed for Rain

When I think of Elijah praying, I usually think of the time he prayed on Mount Carmel and asked God to send fire.

He asked God to send fire for several reasons:

  • To show the Lord’s glory
  • So his relationship with God would be affirmed
  • To turn the people’s hearts back to the Lord

In this article, however, we’re going to talk about how Elijah prayed for rain, for he was the one who prayed for rain in the Bible.

It can be easy to think of Elijah as this amazing, powerful person who was able to bring rain with his prayer. However, James 5:17 says that Elijah was a human being, just like us.

Man kneeling down and praying in field at sunset

But the verse also says that Elijah prayed earnestly that it wouldn’t rain, and it didn’t rain on the land for 3 and 1/2 years. What does earnestly mean? It means with sincere and intense conviction; seriously.

A lot of us can say we pray, but do we pray earnestly? Let’s take a look at the true story…

Elijah Declares a Great Drought

Elijah went to King Ahab and said, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.”

Some think this is where Elijah stops the rain, but this wasn’t a personal decision made by Elijah – he was a prophet called to deliver messages from God, and that is exactly what he was doing here.

I wonder if Elijah was concerned about himself at all. Rain wasn’t a luxury, it was a necessity for the people to survive.

Bright green leaf with raindrops on it with green background

With no rain, the crops wouldn’t grow and the livestock and people would die. He trusted God to provide for him, he was completely dependent on God.

The people had turned away from God, and the drought was not only a judgment against the people’s rebellion but also a specific accusation against the power of Baal. The pagan god Baal was a god of storms and fertility.

He was worshiped all over the ancient Middle East because of his association with dynamic forces. His name literally means “Owner,” “Master,” or “Husband.”

Elijah Fed by Ravens

God told him to hide by the Brook Cherith, which flowed into the Jordan. Elijah obeyed, and the Lord provided for him by sending ravens to bring him bread and meat in the mornings and evenings.

Obviously, the brook provided water to drink.

Can you imagine having ravens bring you bread and meat?? Are you an animal lover? I am, so I think that would be really incredible!

Wild common raven in nature

Elijah Presents Himself to King Ahab

In the 3rd year, God told Elijah to present himself to King Ahab and that God would send rain on the land. Again, Elijah was obedient and presented himself to King Ahab.

Elijah on Mount Carmel

Elijah said to King Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.”

So King Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees. Elijah prayed for rain.

“Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked.

“There is nothing there,” he said. Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.”

Wait a Minute…

Let’s take a minute (or a few) to think about the fact that Elijah told his servant to check for rain seven times. When we pray something in God’s will, do we really believe it will happen?

Silhouette of woman praying to God at sunrise

At the first sign of it looking like it won’t happen, do we automatically give up and feel disappointed? Elijah was persistent and wholeheartedly believed that God would send rain, and Elijah prayed seven times, he said seven prayers.

And the seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea. So Elijah said, “Go and tell King Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.”

At the smallest sign of God’s word being fulfilled, Elijah has his servant tell King Ahab to leave before the rain stopped him.

Let’s Stop for a Moment…

How many of us would have waited until there was more evidence of rain than just an itty bitty cloud?

And how many of us would have waited until it was actually raining because we were afraid of looking like a fool since we didn’t fully believe that it would rain?

Rain storm over field and mountains at sunset

Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain started falling and King Ahab rode off to Jezreel. The power of the Lord came on Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of King Ahab all the way to Jezreel.

Here, God gave Elijah the supernatural power to outrun King Ahab, who was riding in a chariot. That must have been an amazing experience!

Conclusion of Elijah Prayed for Rain

So, in conclusion, this story brings up thoughts and questions. There is much we can learn from Elijah.

Why did Elijah pray for rain? What was Elijah praying for? God had promised to bring rain to the land, so Elijah was praying expectantly for that promise to be fulfilled.

He was obedient, prayed in faith expectantly, had courage and stood firm at a time when he was literally the only prophet of the Lord, spoke God’s word as fact before it had been fulfilled, was persistent and didn’t lose hope, was totally dependent on God, and prayed fervently and boldly.

Man praying boldly at sunrise

Are we obedient as we wait on God? Are we praying for BIG things, not just the things and people in our daily lives?

Do we pray for people, the world, to turn to God? Do we pray for the Lord to be glorified?

Click the following link to read The Story of Elijah & The Prophets of Baal: Got Questions

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If you aren’t already, why don’t you make the decision to start praying courageously? I am working on this, and I would love to hear if you are, too!

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Thank you, and it is my prayer that you have a very blessed day! ❤

Since we’ve been talking about Elijah, I thought it would be appropriate to include the video below. This song has been in my head today. Enjoy! ☺

Elijah prayed 7 times Bible verse / What verse talks about Elijah praying for rain?

So Ahab went to eat and drink. But Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel and bowed low to the ground and prayed with his face between his knees.

Then he said to his servant, “Go and look out toward the sea.” The servant went and looked, then returned to Elijah and said, “I didn’t see anything.”

Seven times Elijah told him to go and look. Finally the seventh time, his servant told him, “I saw a little cloud about the size of a man’s hand rising from the sea.”

Then Elijah shouted, “Hurry to Ahab and tell him, ‘Climb into your chariot and go back home. If you don’t hurry, the rain will stop you!’”

1 Kings 18:42-44

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