Pray without ceasing, Amen.
The Old Testament account in 1 Kings 18 records King Ahab of Israel being confronted by the prophet Elijah about the reason for his nation’s devastating 3 1/2-year drought. This was a direct repercussion of the king forsaking God’s commandment and following the idol Balaam. The exchange between Ahab and Elijah climaxed with an agreement that the idol worshipers and priests would pray to Balaam and Elijah would pray to God Almighty. Whoever answered by fire would be the true God. After hours of prayer, cutting themselves and weeping, the Baal worshippers received no answer.
At God’s command, Elijah repaired an altar and saturated it three times over with multiple barrels of priceless water. Elijah’s 63- word prayer was made. He did not ask for notoriety or financial gain, simply that hearts would be turned back to know the living God.
THE FIRE FELL! With one voice they all proclaimed, “The Lord, He is God!”