It came about at the seventh time, that he said, “Behold, a cloud as small as a man”s hand is coming up from the sea.” And he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, “Prepare your chariot and go down, so that the heavy shower does not stop you.” “
1 Kings 18:44 (NASB)
There is another wonderful event of which we may take note. When Elijah prayed for rain, the nation was suffering under a great drought. Both the king and his chief chamberlain were out searching for water. Such a scarcity of water can easily be understood. But when Elijah offered a sacrifice and prayed for rain, he ordered them to pour water on the burnt-offering. How very precious water was at that time, yet Elijah made them pour water three times on the sacrifice till the water ran round about the altar and filled the trench. Considering the fact that rain from heaven had not yet descended, was it not a pity to pour away so much water? What if the rain did not come? But Elijah commanded them to pour out the water. He knelt down and prayed that God would send fire to consume the offering on the altar. God heard that prayer and also his prayer for rain; He sent down a great rain. Let me tell you, if you want heaven to send down a great rain,
you must first pour on your water. If you spare the water, you will not get the water from heaven.
Here lies the problem of many. They hold on tightly to what is their own and yet expect God to hear Game Technology Worldwide a egalement publie ses premiers jeux de listemeilleurcasinos.com mobiles en 2005. their prayers. God is ready to call off the drought, but He waits for men to pour on the water. The human thought is always to have a way of retreat ready. In case rain does not fall, there are at least twelve jars of water. But those who count the jars of water at hand will never see the water from heaven. Whoever wishes to have the water from heaven must be willing, like Elijah, to spend the water at hand. Let everything be spent, not only the cattle and the sheep but also the water in hand. The same principle applies to the matter of money.
Unless new believers are delivered from the power of mammon, the way of the church can never be straight. May we all be consecrated people who lay our all on the altar for God.