September 23, 2018
Every moment of prayer adds to the momentum of a promise. This was realized when the bold speaking prophet Elijah excoriated the land of false prophets; then he prophetically pronounced to a slow footed king, Ahab, that it was going to rain. There were no evidentiary clouds to prove his proclamation. There were no rumblings of thunder to undeniably accompany his confidence. He simply said before anyone saw it. He knew it was coming. God had told him it would take place. Rain was eventual. But even with the assurance of God’s Word and the Divine forecast of downpours to come, Elijah went to the top of the mountain, placed his face between his knees, pressed his face in the dirt and prayed. He prayed the Promise into fulfillment. I Kings 18
Prayer time directly affects trial time. Think about it. Some trials, not all, are the results of temptation. We give in to some sinful appetite and the filling of the appetite leads to a destructive sin sickness; feverish fallacies; nauseating pride; but Jesus said Pray that enter not into temptation; shorten the trial by staying out of the danger zone; bypass the bitterness of defeat by taking the consecration route. Walk the prayer walk. Avoid the pitfalls. Avoid the miseries of bad choices. Avoid the heartbreak and hatred. Avoid the inner turmoil which comes with shame.
Lonely moments can come after the greatest victories-like a heartbeat it’s a deep valley after the peak—but take joy—another peak is coming. You see, weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Proverbially we say life has its ups and downs, good days and bad days, sunrises and sunsets. So, you learn over time to smile in the storm and be humble in the successes. Elijah was greatly used of God to authoritatively stop the rain, but then he ended up discouragingly alone on the craggy banks of Cherith, needing ravens to bring him daily bread. But soon he would be back in the soul stirring spotlight challenging hundreds of false prophets to a revelation of true Deity and Sovereign power. So, you may go from loneliness to loveliness in a matter of moments; don’t base your importance to God on your surroundings or your successes, but most endearingly on your daily, eternal relationship with Him. Listen now…