We used to see God’s miracle during the time of Moses. Here in the Book of 1 Kings, God has again show His miracles to the people of Israel.
During that time the Israelites turned away from God , and instead give honor to their god Baal. One time, Elijah, one of the prophets of whom God was pleased, told the prophets of Baal to meet them at Mount Carmel to have a Faced-Off, and to give proof who’s god is really God. So, all four hundred fifty Baal prophets went and joined together to prove to the people that their god Baal is god. They have to offer a bull, cut into pieces and whose offer will be burned without setting fire on it, is the true God. The 450 prophets of Baal were the first to perform. They shouted to Baal, offered dance from morning till noon, till they slashed with swords and spears their body till blood flowed from them. When the evening comes and no answered from Baal came, to burn their offerings, Elijah told them to come and he will have his turn. So he prepared the altar putting 12 stones representing the 12 tribes of Israel. He dig a ditch around the woods and pour water on it. He put the cut bull at the middle of the woods , and he began to pray.
1 Kings 18,3:36-37, “LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. 37 Answer me, LORD, answer me, so these people will know that you, LORD, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”
38 Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench. 39 When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The LORD—he is God! The LORD—he is God!” Everybody cried out with surprise.
You see , Elijah just simply pray to the Lord and he was answered. Do you know how to pray? Why was Elijah's prayer answered right away?
In Matthew 6:9-13, Jesus taught His disciples how to pray. ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation,but deliver us from the evil one.’ 14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
The prayer is just a pattern of how we should pray to our Almighty Father and not really to say it word for word. First ,(HALLOWED BE THEY NAME) we have to Honor the name of Our Father(God loves to be Honored). As God Almighty has many names,we can say, the Almighty, omnipotent, everlasting God,The God of Miracle, The Healing God, The Alpha and Omega, God Creator of Heaven and earth, The God of Prophets, God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Jehovah Jireh, Jehovah Rafa, The Healing God, God of Light, God of Love, Abba Father, Our King Most High, our One True God , The Infinite God, etc. There are so many things, good adjectives that will describe Our Father. The first part of the prayer is very important. We have to acknowledge and honor God, then you can say your request(that will be in line with His Will) We have to ask forgiveness and to forgive people who has offended us. We have to end it by giving thanks through our Lord Jesus Christ.
In Matthew 16:23-24, 23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete
Why was the prayer of Elijah was right away answered by God. First, the request was in line with the Will of the Father-for people to know that He is God. God was pleased with Elijah who has great intimacy with Lord. I think, I have already mentioned about INTIMACY with the Lord. How do we do this? By constant prayer, reading His words, declaring His goodness in your life, and feel His love. Some people would pray 4 hours just like the Korean Christians. I also mentioned before on my previous email, my sister's friend who put up a ministry inside the ship they worked for. She has great intimacy with Lord God and so her desire's and prayers was right away granted.