And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.” 42 So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees.
43 “Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked.
“There is nothing there,” he said.
Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.”
44 The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.”
So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’”
45 Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rains started falling and Ahab rode off to Jezreel. 46 The power of the Lord came on Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.
1 Kings 18:42-46
There are a couple of points I want to pull out of this that I think is relevant when pursuing God for revival.
1. We hear
Elijah HEARD the sound of rain, before there was any rain, before there were any clouds. Sometimes we get a sense of what God is doing in the visible well before there are any visible signs, any tangible results. We have to have faith in that sense of the invisible working of God and run with it. I hear the sound of approaching rain. When I think of HKC and pray I hear the sound of young people crying out to God. I hear church place filled with young people. That is the rain I hear. We have to grab ahold of what we hear God saying in the secret place and by faith believe that.
2. We pray.
God does extraordinary things when ordinary people pray.
3. We see.
Elijah’s servant saw a cloud the size of a mans fist. We often see small signs of God moving, small changes that are indicators of what He is doing. Let’s not despise the days of small beginnings but let those things encourage us.
For revival to come we must grow in our vertical relationship with God. We’re going to grow bigger, stronger, more faithfilled and more faithful. We’re going to have adventures and step out of the boat. But in revival we’re also going to grow in numbers, horizontally, as our hearts grow bigger with the vision God has we will step out and be that catalyst for growth. How do we grow? How do we see that more? Simple. We invite people. We bring people. We ask people. We talk about the awesome things God is doing in our lives and at church and we bring people.
We’re going to be a people who know God and make Him known. In Daniel 11 it says that the people that know their God will be strong and do exploits. The greatest exploit we can do is to bring people to Jesus. In John 4 Jesus says open your eyes and see the harvest. The servant had to open his eyes to see the cloud and we need to open our eyes to see how God has positioned us and the great things he wants to do, not just to us, but through us.
4. We prepare.
Elijah told his servant to go and prepare Ahab for the mighty rain approaching.
Are you prepared practically for growth? For rain?
verse 45 says Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rains started falling.
are you ready for the rain?
can you hear the sound of approaching rain?
will you pray for God to move?
can you see what God is already doing and what God will do?
will you go deeper and get more hungry, for yourself and for those in your world?
will you bring someone, many someones next year.
because if we do. it will rain. we will get wet. and man its going to be glorious!