In the deep crevices of my heart, I had attempted to bury a request that I had longed for God to answer. Basically, I had concluded in my own reasoning that it was a hopeless situation. As the Holy Spirit continued to work in my heart–I was brought to a place of complete surrender to the entire matter, knowing with certainty, that God was in control. And whatever He decided to do in and through the situation, would be His call and for His glory. However, later, to my surprise, I discovered that even though I had resigned to the prayer being answered, God was not finished with the matter.
Yesterday, while attending church, I noticed a compelling draw to pray over the situation. When I arrived home, I went before God with the request. With all my heart, I felt the liberty to petition Him to act on my behalf in the matter with strong confidence. I prayed, and I prayed, and I prayed. What I had attempted to bury, God resurrected with an intense call to beseech Him. He wanted me to be honest about what was in my heart. What did I want? He knew and I placed it before His throne room of grace. Yet this time, something was different. To be honest, many times before, I prayed with an unbelieving heart. Yet when I prayed this past Sunday, I knew God was working. And I knew my miracle was on its way.
Shortly after a long period of prayer, I came to 1 Kings 18. The moment when Elijah prayed for rain. As I continued to read the passage, three words gripped my heart in a way I can’t explain. “Prepare your chariot.”
Now Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of the roar of a heavy shower.” 42 So Ahab went up to eat and drink. But Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he crouched down on the earth and put his face between his knees. 43 He said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” So he went up and looked and said, “There is nothing.” And he said, “Go back” seven times. 44 It came about at the seventh time, that he said, “Behold, a cloud as small as a man’s hand is coming up from the sea.” And he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot and go down, so that the heavy shower does not stop you.’” 45 In a little while the sky grew black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy shower. And Ahab rode and went to Jezreel. 46 Then the hand of the Lord was on Elijah, and he girded up his loins and outran Ahab to Jezreel. (1 Kings 18:41-46)
God had earlier spoken to Elijah that He would send rain. Elijah took God at His word, prayed and believed the miracle of rain would come–even when it appeared hopeless, sight wise. Note the following:
Elijah was praying: Elijah took the matter before the Lord. Then, after a time of prayer, he made the following request of his servant: “Go up now, look toward the sea.” In other words, Elijah was asking, “Do you see anything that looks like rain approaching?”
What did the Servant See: The servant did as Elijah requested. He turned to see if there was any sight of rain. He then replied to Elijah: “There is nothing.” Notice what Elijah did next. He did not say, Oh well, I guess I missed it. Nor, did he pout or even doubt. Instead, he continued to pray.
Elijah did not stop praying or believing in the miracle: Elijah then requested the following from his servant: “Go back” seven times. Note: Elijah refused to give up.
May I ask you a question? Are you willing to do battle in prayer? Are you willing to go back, and go back and go back until God says yes, no or wait?
Behold, the miracle: The servant did as Elijah requested. He went back seven times. The end result: It came about at the seventh time, that he said, “Behold, a cloud as small as a man’s hand is coming up from the sea.” And he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot and go down, so that the heavy shower does not stop you.’” (v.44)
Elijah gave orders to “Prepare your chariot” before one drop of rain had fallen. He knew the rain was on its way.
Often times, we give up praying before we give God a chance to intervene as only He can. We try to bury those request deep in our soul. But God sees our heart. He knows the desires we have. He knows the desperation of our request and He longs to answer.
What have you buried in the crevices of your heart? What have you given up on? Go back, start praying, go back, keep believing, go back and listen to the voice of God. Then, “Prepare your chariot.”
–written by O’Shea Lowery