...but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees. 1 Kings 18: 42b
Elijah's faith and persistent prayer should be an encouragement!
Some thoughts on Elijah's prayer:
Elijah was a righteous man. God hears the prayers of the righteous. Elijah was a man, a human just like us. He prayed with deep intensity and God heard. Elijah's prayer was persistent and he had great faith.
Elijah prayed and kept praying. He sent his servant SEVEN times to go and look for a cloud. Seven times the servant went. Upon his return on the 7th - there was an answer. Just a small cloud the size of a man's fist... but it was the answer Elijah was waiting for. He did not give up... until he received an answer.
As believers, we are commanded to pray. It is our connection to God, our way of fellowship with Him. It is the means by which we grow and maintain our relationship with Him.
Prayer is our tool to receive God's blessings and power and to receive the fullness of His promises. All throughout scripture prayer is used for answers. Luke 11 we were promised the Holy Spirit if we continue to ask, seeking and knocking on the door of the Father. Acts 4:31 - the people prayed and were filled and spoke the word of God boldly. Paul requested prayers on his behalf, knowing that his would would be unsucessful without those prayers.
God desired our fellowship with Him. He hears our prayers and our petitions before Him. When we need great breakthrough's, we must not grow tired in praying and interceding. We must "put our heads between our knees and keep praying"... knowing that God will answer our prayers.