The Power in a Prophet’s Prayer

In the days of Elijah the prophet, during the reign of Ahab and Jezebel (I Kings 16-19), there was a severe drought that came upon the land. This came as the result of the slaughtering of God’s prophets by Jezebel and the corrupt government under the ruler-ship of Ahab. King Ahab was actually not in control but under the sway of his wife, Jezebel. Ahab and Jezebel had committed unlawful acts forbidden by God. During this time, the economy almost collapsed, but according to the book of Kings, we see that there was a level of supernatural provision; Elijah was fed by ravens. Consider that for a moment.  Most people don’t realize that a raven is a nasty bird that barely takes care of her young. Very few ravens survive because of this and if they do, they are mean, nasty birds. To be fed by a raven would be similar to being encouraged by Satan; almost an impossibility. Yet during the economic crisis, the Prophets were protected and fed with meat and water… by a raven! For them and for us today, the least likely source can become the means of provision. Ultimately, Elijah was to go to a mountain and face the forces that remained the influencing power in Israel – the politicians of Baal. These religious politicians, and the system controlling Israel, collapsed as an execution took place, and suddenly there was no ‘voice’ from these false influencers. As a result of this, the Heavens opened up and God poured an abundance of rain onto Israel. Acceleration began and suddenly the Nation recovered from a 3.5-year drought. The truth is that it was only at the prophet’s word in prayer, that God opened the Heavens once again. James 5:16 says, “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”  – (c) Ken Clement



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