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“And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.”


And he prayed again,

Elijah has based his second prayer on God’s promise (1 Ki 18:1).  He prayed the second time 3 and ½ years later.  This is the story of the prophets of Elijah and the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel.  Elijah boldly prayed because He unwaveringly put his confidence in God’s ability to respond to his prayer (1 Ki 18:2,42-45).

and the heaven gave rain,

Elijah’s prayer ended a three year, six-month drought (Lu 4:25).  The duration of this drought is more precise than the 1 Kings 18:1 account. 

and the earth produced its fruit.

God concurred with Elijah’s prayer.  Prayer is part of God’s plan for accomplishing His desires in time and space.  Prayer can open the gates of heaven. 


People of prayer are bold before men and humble before God. 


God wants us to take Him into our confidence so that He can sovereignly respond to our needs.  He so designed this world that we need Him and need to lean on Him.  Bold believers are people of prayer who put confidence in a God who answers prayer. 

1 Jn 5:14-15, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”