Many times I have been asked to pray for people to be healed. I can tell you that I suck in my breath, pray and hope – but every single time the person has not had a miraculous recovery. I even wonder why people ask me to pray.
I can imagine Elijah on Mount Carmel asking God to send fire from heaven to consume his sacrifice. I do not think the challenge was all that big to him. The fact that he doused the sacrifice and the entire altar with water showed that he believed God was God and could definitely light up the sacrifice from heaven. But somewhere he had to be hoping that him and God were in good standing together and that there was nothing (sin) between them. Elijah needed God to respond.
He needed God to respond because if He did not, Elijah would have been dead. Instead of bringing that up, Elijah decides to go after God’s honour instead. Elijah new that God had to respond because the lives of the people were at stake. Then he thought – well no – they had all kinds of miracles take place, story after story, and yet they rejected God to follow idols that allowed them to be selfish, perverse, and not be accountable to any god but themselves.
Desperate hope made Elijah come and kneel before God, call Him by the title used by people of Israel and he asked for two things – for God to be glorified and he would be acknowledged as a servant of God. Best kind of prayer that one could hope God would respond to.
I have started to pray that way too – God be glorified by doing the miraculous when it comes to praying for a healing. Still nothing has happened, but I keep hoping because that is what hope does.
At the time of the offering of the oblation, the prophet Elijah came near and said, “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your bidding. Answer me, O Lord, answer me, so that this people may know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.” – 1 Kings 18:36-37