Elijah Believed God
- Had great confidence in God, and was not intimated by enemies
- Did, at times, become depressed and discouraged
- Believed in the one true God of the Bible and rejected all other gods
- Obeyed God
- Performed miracles in God’s power
- Offered prayer that brought fire down from heaven and controlled the rain
- Prayed in accordance with God’s will
- Was a true servant of the Lord
- Did not have his own agenda
- Followed God’s leading step-by-step
- Was an example of a righteous man whose prayers God heard
It is important to remember that the power of prayer comes not from the one who prays, or from the way he or she prays. The power of prayer is in the omnipotent God to whom prayer is directed. God is the power behind prayer. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and yet he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three and a half years. He prayed again, and a faithful God gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.
Later we will discuss the parallel between the Lord’s Prayer and Elijah’s ministry, and also examine a quick history of Elijah in the Old Testament.