In this message, Pastor John Lindell shares an uplifting sermon titled, “God Will Answer: 21 Days of Fasting & Prayer (Pt. 2).” Join us as we read about Elijah’s prayer for rain in 1 Kings 18:41-46 & James 5:16-18 and deepen our understanding of faith and fervently seeking the Lord through prayer. Our hope is that the upcoming season of fasting and prayer would be a time of power as you see God do the impossible in your life!
God Will Answer: 21 Days of Fasting & Prayer (Pt. 2)
3 Types of Fasts
1. Absolute: no food or water
2. Normal: abstaining from food but drinking lots of water
3. Partial: can be done in a variety of ways
1 Kings 17:1 NLT
Now Elijah, who was from Tishbe in Gilead, told King Ahab, “As surely as the LORD, the God of Israel, lives—the God I serve—there will be no dew or rain during the next few years until I give the word!”
1 Kings 18:24 NLT
Then call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the LORD. The god who answers by setting fire to the wood is the true God!” And all the people agreed.
1st Faith sees the invisible
1 Kings 18:41 NLT
Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go get something to eat and drink, for I hear a mighty rainstorm coming!”
Deuteronomy 11:13-14 NLT
“If you carefully obey the commands I am giving you today, and if you love the LORD your God and serve him with all your heart and soul, then he will send the rains in their proper seasons—the early and late rains—so you can bring in your harvests of grain, new wine, and olive oil.
Deuteronomy 11:16-17 NLT
“But be careful. Don’t let your heart be deceived so that you turn away from the LORD and serve and worship other gods. If you do, the LORD’s anger will burn against you. He will shut up the sky and hold back the rain,
2nd Faith empowers the impossible
1 Kings 18:42 NLT
So Ahab went to eat and drink. But Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel and bowed low to the ground and prayed with his face between his knees.
3rd Fervent prayer is powerful
1 Kings 18:43-44a NLT
Then he said to his servant, “Go and look out toward the sea.” The servant went and looked, then returned to Elijah and said, “I didn’t see anything.” Seven times Elijah told him to go and look. Finally the seventh time,
1 Kings 18:44-45a NLT
Seven times Elijah told him to go and look. Finally the seventh time, his servant told him, “I saw a little cloud about the size of a man’s hand rising from the sea.” Then Elijah shouted, “Hurry to Ahab and tell him, ‘Climb into your chariot and go back home. If you don’t hurry, the rain will stop you!’” And soon the sky was black with clouds. A heavy wind brought a terrific rainstorm,
1 Kings 18:42b NLT
Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel and bowed low to the ground and prayed with his face between his knees.
James 5:17 ESV
Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth.
James 5:17 NLT
Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly
James 5:17 NLT
Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years! Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops.
James 5:16b NLT
The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
James 5:16b KJV
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
James 5:16b NIV
The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.