A God who hears
It's an old story, and a familiar one to anyone who goes to church. King Ahab of Israel had two problems; first he was self-centered, and second he was accommodating to the pagan idolatry of neighboring nations. These two problems led to a third problem. King Arab kept "bumping into" God's personal representative, Elijah. The prophet of God was known as "The troubler of Israel" because of his confronting the king with his sin.
In I Kings 18, the challenge was given to meet on Mount Carmel. Eight hunderd and fifty false prophets assembled to present their sacrifice before Elijah. All day they called out their deity and received no response. In verse 27 Elijah said, "Shut louder, surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy , or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened." The false prophets shouted louder and became note frantic to no avail.
What are the lessons to be learned in this passage? King Ahab and the prophets were seeking help from a god who did not exist. the motives of those soliciting their false god were focused on themselves, personal and immediate gratification. When we pray we must seek the one an only, true God, who never sleeps, goes on a journey, or is unaware of our plight. Finally, when we pray we must be ready for a response that will bring glory to Him, not simply satisfy our immediate want. God's answer will most likely amaze us and accomplish far more than we could ever imagine. Our role is to offer our prayer of submission and then to "trust and obey,"; for there is no other way to realize our relationship with God.
The end of the story; Elijah repairs the alter, offer the sacrifice, petitions God, and His glory is seen by all present. Such should be true in the life of each of His children. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Seek out His Son, our Savior, and experience His love