In 1 Kings 18:1, we find these words: And it came to pass after many days that the word of the Lord came to Elijah, in the third year, saying, â€œGo, present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the earth.â€ God tells Elijah that it is going to rain. Elijah proceeds to pray seven times for it to rain. After the seventh prayer, God sent a drenching rain on the land.
In Revelation 5:8, John records for us: â€œNow when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.â€ There are golden bowls in heaven that hold our prayers.
In Ephesians 3:20, Paul wrote, â€œNow to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in usâ€¦â€ I have known this passage for years but one phrase stood out this week as I was studyingâ€¦â€™according to the power that works in usâ€™. If I understand this correctly, all that God is and can do is released as I allow an effectual power to work in me.
In Revelation 16:1 John also writes, Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, â€œGo and pour out the bowls of the wrath of God on the earth.â€ Godâ€™s bowls were meant to be poured outâ€¦.as a release of the contents.