The false prophets called upon Baal from “morning until noon” (v. 26), but there was no answer. Elijah’s prayer was short, and God responded! A long prayer doesn’t mean a better prayer, especially if you are praying to the wrong god. You can pray five times a day facing any direction you want while dressed in religious garb and burning incense, candles, and more, but if you aren’t praying to the God of Elijah, you are engaging in spiritual futility.
This story is spectacular and miraculous, but the application is simple: The God of the Bible is the one true God. We have a relationship with this God by grace through faith in Christ, and He invites us to call upon Him and promises to hear us. While demonic powers are present and people may “feel something” in a false cult or religion, it doesn’t mean that their god “hears prayer” like our God. The only God who answers prayer is Yahweh, the God of the Bible, the one and only true and living God.
How does this story encourage you to pray more faithfully and fervently?