In I Kings 18 Elijah was very bold with his challenge to the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel. God answered by fire — but will He always do such things? In :36 Elijah prays: “Today let it be known that You are God in Israel, and that I am Your servant, and that I have done all these things at Your word.”
:36 shows us three keys to Elijah’s confidence in God’s response here:
“Today let it be known”:
— “that You are God in Israel”
— “and that I am Your servant”
— “and that I have done all these things at Your word”
A person could fail to get God’s response to their prayer at any of several points here:
— you could have the wrong God
— you might not truly be His servant, or
— you may not have done the things you said, at His word.
This last point is especially decisive. Did God really tell you to embark on the particular course or plan of action that you did, or did you just come up with it on your own initiative? Many times we want to claim God’s blessing for something He never commanded us to do; it was just our own idea. He promises no blessing or miraculous intervention from heaven for that!
If you want God to intervene in a special way, you had better make certain you have all the “keys” of I Kings 18:36 lined up: that you have the right God, that you are really His servant, and that He Himself has really told you to take that course of action.