Question: why did Elijah have to pray seven times asking God to send rain? God had just said He was going to cause it to rain. So why did God still want Elijah to pray for rain?
I believe that the four verses (1 Kings 18:1, Revelation 5:8, Ephesians 3:20, Revelation 16:1) are connected.
God desires His will to be done.
God desires a close relationship with His children.
God desires His children to grow mighty in the Lord.
God releases His power as we connect and grow.
God willed it to rain. God prompted Elijah to pray seven times. What was happening every time Elijah prayed? The essence of his prayer was captured and stored in a bowlâ€¦seven times this happened. What was happening to God? He was enjoying the fellowshipâ€¦you see, every time we pray, we go into the Holy of Holies and talk to God. He enjoys this like a dad enjoys his son coming to talk. What was happening to Elijah? He was getting stronger every time he prayed for he was in the presence of Godâ€¦an energy was beginning to flow through Elijah! After seven prayers, Elijah is pumped! God is having a good ole timeâ€¦He has had seven sessions with one of His children. The prayer bowl is full! Now as an effectual power is working in Elijah, God is free to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think! The prayer bowl is tipped over and poured out on the situation. God moves! Need is met! God gets glory! And we are growing in the Lord!
And we wonder why we have to wait and pray and pray and wait and wait and pray! It is part of Godâ€™s divine process!
James 5:16 says, â€œConfess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.â€
Have a great weekâ€¦spend some time filling your prayer bowl this week.