|ELIJAH PREVAILING ON
|What did the prophet Elijah prevail over on Mount Carmel? The great prophet of G-D knew he was in the very center of G-D's will. He had announced three years prior that there would be no dew or rain except at his word.
"Now Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the settlers of Gilead, said to Ahab, 'As the L-RD, the G-D of Israel lives, before Whom I stand, surely there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word" (I Kings 17:1).
Elijah was guided by the L-RD's hand, step by step to the Kerith ravine, to Zarephath, back to King Ahab, and each step he took was in challenge to Baal
on Mount Carmel. G-D took very good care of Elijah. He fed him supernaturally by ravens, increased the widow's flour and oil, raised a widow's son
from the dead, and called down fire from heaven to consume the sacrifice and altar on Mount Carmel.
Elijah had been faithfully praying and interceeding for the nation of Israel to turn back to the G-D of their fathers, and for the spirit of idolatry to be destroyed amongst them. And Elijah prevailed with G-D!
The people of Israel witnessed firsthand the power of G-D at work through His obedient servant. They witnessed how the false prophets of Baal were
put to shame through the contest they themselves had endorsed. They witnessed G-D's holy fire descend from Heaven as Elijah prayed, and they fell
on their faces and said, "The L-RD - He is G-D! The L-RD - He is G-D!"
"And when the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, "The L-RD - He is G-D! the L-RD - He is G-D!" ( I Kings 18:39).
Elijah then announced to King Ahab that G-D would now send rain. He then climbed to the top of Mount Carmel and prayed for rain, but rain did not come -- not a rain cloud was seen in the sky. But this great prophet of G-D did not give up! The Scriptures say that he sent his servant to search the
sky for rain seven times. Elijah was persevering in prevailing prayer with the Holy One of Israel. Sitting on the ground with his face between his knees Elijah was caught up in intensive intercession. All of a sudden, his servant sees a small cloud . It wasn't a very big cloud, but the rain came and poured down in torrents
The prophet Elijah knew that in order to prevail in prayer he had to be spiritually strong. He had to "fully" plant his faith in the G-D of his fathers - Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He had to know G-D's divine will which meant he had to clearly hear and obey His Voice. G-D tested the depths of His servant's heart. Elijah was not seeking after his own will, but after the will of the One Who had sent him. And he preservered in prayer with the Holy One of Israel until the answer of victory broke through.
"And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart" (Jeremiah 29:13).