By Isaiah Ogedegbe:
“And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain. So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees, and said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times. And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not. And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel. And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel” (1 Kings 18:41-46).
Elijah was a prophet of God who made things happen in the place of prayer. Things do not just happen on their own; there are people who make things happen in the place of prayer, and one of such people was Prophet Elijah. He informed King Ahab that the rain would soon fall, and this was a good news. However, Prophet Elijah knew that unless he backed his words with action, his words might fail to come to pass. While Prophet Elijah gave King Ahab permission to return to the comfort of his home, to eat and drink, the prophet himself forsook pleasure and comfort, and dwelt in the place of prayer, backing his words with action. He went up to the top of a mountain called Carmel, where he knelt down and prayed his words into fulfilment.
It is possible that Elijah heard from God before telling King Ahab that the rain would soon fall. If that is the case, the fact that God had spoken to him expressly did not stop the prophet from contending for the abundance of rain in the place of prayer. Similarly, as people of God, we might have received many precious promises through God’s Word; but that should not stop us from praying them into fulfilment. We must go on our knees like Prophet Elijah and contend for those good things in the place of prayer.
It is important to note that for our prayer to receive answer, our faith and persistence must be intact. Prophet Elijah prayed for the first time and believed God for a sign. So he sent his servant to go and look toward the sea for a confirmation. The servant returned with a discouraging report, saying, “There is nothing.”
If you were the one, what would you do? Probably, you would get up and say, “I have tried.” Prophet Elijah remained on his knees and continued to pray for the second time, the third time, the fourth time, the fifth time, the sixth time and the seventh time, and then the confirmation came. The servant returned to him the seventh time and said, “Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand.” That was it!
How many times have you prayed and it seems as if the answer is delayed? Maybe it is even more than seven times, but I want to tell you that if your faith and persistence are intact, your answer will surely come. To Elijah, he had not tried his best in the place of prayer, unless he had seen the hand of God at work in his life. Pray until something happens (Luke 18:1-8; Isaiah 62:1, 6-7).
Here are four things you should know about the power of the knees:
1. Our knees are our spiritual weapon (Ephesians 6:12). They are mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds (2 Corinthians 10:4). A prayerful Christian is a powerful Christian, and vice versa.
2. Our knees are bowed to express to God how helpless and defenceless we are; kneeling is a sign of our humble submission to God’s help and defence over our lives. By kneeling down to pray, Prophet Daniel was indirectly telling God that he was helpless and defenceless, and he humbly submitted himself to God’s help and defence over his life (Daniel 6:10-11).
I remember the words of the second stanza of that hymn, Jesus Lover of My Soul, which read:
Other refuge have I none,
Hangs my helpless soul on Thee:
Leave, oh, leave me not alone,
Still support and comfort me:
All my trust on Thee is stayed,
All my help from Thee I bring;
Cover my defenceless head
With the shadow of Thy wing.
3. Just as a ladder, our knees elevate us from the natural realm to the supernatural realm. While we are still in the natural realm, we can see nothing like Elijah’s servant. As we begin to dwell in the place of prayer and continue therein, we are elevated to the supernatural realm, where we can see the hand of God at work in our lives and situations. That is where we can see only positivities and possibilities.
4. Our knees make our words and our works to count. If Prophet Elijah had not backed his words with the action of prayer, his words would not have counted. It is not enough for us to say that we will succeed in life. We must also do the needful by backing our words with the action of prayer, in order for them to come to pass. As I said earlier, our knees make our works to count, be it singing, preaching, etc. If we must function effectively and efficiently in the various areas of our calling, then let us be kneeling Christians (Psalms 91:1).
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