IN FIRST KINGS 18:41 (NKJV) Elijah said to King Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink, for there is the sound of the abundance of rain.” The word abundance indicates an overwhelming amount. As we continue reading this story, realize that something significant is about to happen.
1 Kings 18:42–45 (NKJV)
42 So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees,
43 and said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” So he went up and looked, and said, “There is nothing.” And seven times he said, “Go again.”
44 Then it came to pass the seventh time, that he said, “There is a cloud, as small as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea!” So he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot, and go down before the rain stops you.’ ”
45 Now it happened in the meantime that the sky became black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy rain. . . .
In verse 41, it’s interesting that when Elijah talked to King Ahab, there was no sign of rain. Notice that Elijah didn’t say rain was coming. He said, “There is the sound . . . ,” present tense.
Elijah perceived what God wanted for Israel and began declaring it to be so. Many Christians think doing that is enough. But verse 42 tells us Elijah went to Carmel, bowed down, put his face between his knees, and contended in prayer for what He knew God wanted.
So many times, we want to pray comfortably. Not Elijah. He pressed in. He lifted his voice to Heaven and called on God until it started to rain.
We often give up easily in prayer. We don’t yield to the Spirit and go far enough. If we want what God has for us, we must contend for it. People often say, “Well, I prayed, and I’m believing God.” That’s good, but sometimes it’s not enough.
THE END-TIME OUTPOURING
The rain in First Kings chapter 18 was a type of the outpouring of God’s Spirit. And that incident wasn’t the Spirit’s peak performance. He is not getting old, growing weak, or fading away.
Scripture says the end of a thing is better than the beginning
(Eccl. 7:8). God is not working to calm things down. He’s stepping them up and wrapping them up for the Church.
Acts chapter 2 tells us God wants to pour out His Spirit on all flesh. The Holy Spirit is looking for people of faith. He is waiting to hear words of faith spoken so He can perform them. He’s looking for yielded people who will contend for what they know is God’s will.
The outpouring of the Spirit is in the Church today, but most people aren’t talking or acting like it. We are in the last days, the time of the Holy Spirit. We don’t have to wait for the outpouring. It’s here.
Since the Day of Pentecost, there have been continuous outpourings of God’s Spirit. He’s being poured out upon us afresh and anew day after day.
It’s time to declare, “I hear the sound of the end-time outpouring.” The Spirit moves in power and healing today. He guides and directs us today. The time for the Church to come forth is today!
God is calling us to a deeper level of praying and contending for His things. Now is the time to contend for what He’s spoken to our hearts.
We can’t give up when the devil throws a fit or quit when circumstances don’t look good. And we can’t wait until we see something to say it is happening. We must say by faith, “It is happening!”
I hear the sound of the abundance of rain. Let’s lift our voices in faith and contend for God’s purpose for this hour.
[Editor’s Note: Marvin Yoder is an instructor at Rhema Bible Training College.]
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