16 …. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. 18 Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit (James 5).
Elijah prayed for a drought because he knew God would be faithful to the promise He had made to withhold rain from the Israelites, should they be unfaithful to Him (Deuteronomy 11:17). The thing is, this promise was made a full six hundred years earlier, on the eve of the Conquest of Canaan!
It didn’t matter to Elijah that no one in six hundred years had ever prayed according to that promise—he was going to! Why? Because the unfaithfulness in Israel aligned so much with the conditions of the old promise, he knew God would answer his prayer, or else be untrue to His word.
Lord, thank You that the promises in Your Word have no expiration date. Help us This Day to pray according to them. Amen.