Praying to the One You Know and Serve

Michael Wilcock

READ : 1 Kings 18:30-39

I have done all these things at your bidding. (v. 36)

This must be one of the most dramatic scenes in the whole Bible. It has a number of practical lessons; one is about answered prayer.

Elijah spoke to the Lord so simply and confidently. What a contrast with the prayers of the prophets of Baal! Their ravings were surely in Jesus’ mind when he spoke of those who “think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them” (Matthew 6:7-8).

The Lord replied clearly, immediately, and unmistakably. The question had been, “Is the real God Yahweh or Baal?” The answer was the fire that fell from heaven. Even the people could not miss its meaning, and it was they who put God’s reply into words: “Yahweh (the Lord) – he is God.”

Elijah knew something of the detailed plans of God in a way that none of us can, because he stood in the line of great prophets that was completed in Jesus. But even we can be as sure as he was of having our prayers answered. The better we get to know and obey God and his word, the more regularly we shall be praying for what we know he is going to do – because he has said it!


Lord, keep our prayers in line with what you have said you will do.