1 Kings 18:1 KJV
And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.
1 Kings 18:43 KJV
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.
James 5:17-18 KJV
Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.
And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
Elijah's prayer for rain was preceded by the Lord's promise of rain. It is not merely that Elijah prayed and God answered but that Elijah prayed according to the direction of the Lord. And even then he prayed with fervency and importunity.
• Prayer must begin with knowing the mind of God in the Bible.
• Prayer must be the expression of what we have seen in the Word. And then
• Prayer must come with the confidence that God's Word will be accomplished. Still we pray.