We learn three important lessons on prayer from Elijah’s petition on Mount Carmel. First, have a relationship with the living God. Elijah prayed to the covenant God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. We too can call upon God, and even call Him “Father,” if we know Him by grace through faith in Christ (Mark 14:36)—and He hears us.
Second, seek the glory of God. Elijah’s prayer was God-centered. He wanted people to recognize the glory of God. Jesus taught us to pray, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done” (Matt. 6:9-11). Before He taught us to pray for things like bread, holiness, and forgiveness, Jesus taught us to long for God’s name to be glorified and God’s kingdom to cover the earth.
Third, pray for idolaters to turn to the living God. Elijah prayed that God would turn the people’s hearts back to Himself. He prayed that they would know and respond to the truth. Let us pray for God to turn idol worshipers into Christ worshipers (1 Thess. 1:9-10).
How are you praying for God’s glory to be made known in your home, your church, your city, and around the world?