The following sermon was preached by Rev. Calum I. Macleod on the Sabbath Morning, 9th of August, 2009. Here is a picture of a hard hearted, yet weak willed King and the private prayer life of the prophet of God. Elijah, a man subject to like passions as we are, prayed earnestly that it might not rain and it rained not. He prayed on Carmel that fire would fall from heaven and it fell. And then he prayed for the rain to return and once again The Lord answered him. But, although Elijah knew the promise of God, that the rain would obey his word, he must needs pray seven times. We must be fervent even when we pray for God’s known will; it is then that the purposes of God and our prayers mysteriously meet. Are we prayerful? If we are to live a God honouring life, we must be men and women of prayer.
The text is 1Kings18:41-46… And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain. So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees, And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times. And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not.
And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel