Proclaim Your Rain

41 And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink, for there is a sound of the rushing of rain.” 42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Mount Carmel. And he bowed himself down on the earth and put his face between his knees. 43 And he 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. 44 And at the seventh time he said, “Behold, a little cloud like a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” And he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot and go down, lest the rain stop you.’” ~ 1 Kings 18:41-44ESV

Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of the rushing of rain.” Before we get too far into the message, I want you to understand that the phrase eating and drinking is a metaphor for celebrating. So, Elijah told Ahab to go celebrate before there were any visible signs of a breakthrough:

  • No distant rumbling of thunder
  • No flashes of lightning
  • There were no dark clouds rolling in
  • Nothing

There were no physical signs of rain. Yet Elijah told Ahab to go and celebrate because there was the sound of the rushing of rain. What’s that called? FAITH! Elijah didn’t need to hear rumblings or see a rain cloud to have faith. Why?

1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:1

Simply stated:

Faith is being sure of what you hope for and convinced of the things you do not seen.

As in Elijah’s case: Through faith, while there were still no significant features, the man of God told the king to go and celebrate, for there is more than enough coming. I want you to take note of that, whatever you need, God can and will supply, and He will supply more than enough. You may not see it now, but if you put your faith in God, pray fervent prayers, and follow Him with all of your heart, He will reward your faith each and every time.

LORD God, give us the faith we need in order to see our prayers answered. Help us to put our faith in you so that we won’t worry about tomorrow. So that the things of this world won’t take us by surprise, but we will have full confidence that our God hears and answers our prayers. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

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