1 Kings 17:22
“And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived.”
The event from the verse above occurred when the son of a mistress fell sick. Like any mother, this lady yearned for her boy to get well, and the only thing this lady knew to do to see her son get well was to take him to the prophet Elijah. When Elijah was faced with the situation, he took the child up into the loft where he stayed and began to pray. It was this prayer that caused the verse above to say, “And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah…”
It would be easy for anyone to say that of course, God would hear his prayer because he was a prophet of God. However, let me remind you what the Scriptures say about Elijah. James 5:17 says, “Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly…” Elijah was just like you in that he had to pray to get things done. Maybe the reason that Elijah was so successful in his ministry was that he not only prayed, but he “prayed earnestly.” According to James 5:16 it says, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” It is the fervency in the prayer of the believer that grabs the attention of God and causes Him to move. My friend, just like Elijah was able to get his prayers answered, so you can get yours answered. Let me remind you of a couple truths about prayer that should encourage your prayer life.
First, God can hear your prayers just like He heard Elijah’s prayer. Elijah was a “man subject to like passions as we are,” and that should encourage you to realize that God hears you when you pray. Hebrews 4:15 reminds the believer, “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities…” Jesus knows your problems very well, and He longs for you to bring your problems to Him in prayer.
Second, just because you don’t “feel” God hears you doesn’t stop Him from hearing you. One of the mistakes many believers make is they base the effectiveness of their prayers on how well they think they got through to God. Let me remind you that God didn’t promise to hear your prayers just when you feel like He heard them, but He hears your prayers even when you don’t feel like He hears them. Don’t allow the lack of “feeling” cause you to become discouraged with your prayer life. You should base your confidence that God hears your prayers on the promise that God says He hears you when you pray.
Third, when you don’t get an answer, pray again. James 5:18 says about Elijah’s prayer life, “And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.” This could be the biggest secret to getting your prayers answered. Never stop asking God to answer your prayers. Just because you didn’t get your prayers answered the first time doesn’t mean you should stop praying. Elijah prayed again when the LORD didn’t answer his prayer to send rain. When God doesn’t answer your prayer the first time, pray again. When you’ve prayed for God’s intervention and you still don’t seem to have the answer, pray again. When you’ve prayed repeatedly and there is no answer, pray again.
What is it that you need right now? Let me encourage you that God hears you when you pray. He heard you the first time, and He hears you when you pray again. Let me challenge you to just pray again when the answer doesn’t come.