Yesterday in church we learned that it takes prayer to activate God’s promises. In 1 Kings 17 and 18, God told Elijah that he was going to withhold the rain, Elijah prayed and it did not rain for 3 1/2 years.

Then God told Elijah he was going to send rain and Elijah prayed. He sent his servant to check for clouds. There were no clouds, he kept praying. He sent him again and there was a cloud the size of a man’s hand; he kept praying. The third time he sent him, storm clouds had formed.

I don’t know how it works, but I know prayer works.

I also don’t know how:

  • heat makes water boil
  • electricity makes a light come on
  • gas makes a car run

Today I read of another example.

Mark 4:27, “Night and day, while he’s asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows, but he does not understand how it happens.” NLT

It takes time for water to boil and for seeds to grow. I will not give up when my prayer is not answered right away. I will keep praying and believing.

Dear Lord,

Thank you for answered prayer…even those that I had to pray for decades.


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