Elijah’s prayers pointed the world back to God. Elijah was completely in tune with God. He listened for God’s voice, and he walked in obedience to that voice (1 Kings 18:36). He prayed in agreement with what God asked of him. And, his prayers pointed the world back to God.
The widow’s flour and oil never running out? A reminder that God sees our needs and provides. Raising the widow’s son from the dead? A reminder that He cares about our deepest hurts. The drought? A reminder that even the winds and the storms are subject to His control. Hear it in Elijah’s own words:
"O Lord, answer me! Answer me so these people will know that you, O Lord, are God and that you have brought them back to yourself.” 1 Kings 18:37
Yes, Elijah called down fire from heaven to consume the water and the sacrifices not for his own glory, but so others would know that Yahweh is God and there is no other God in heaven or earth. Elijah’s prayers were about pointing the world back to God.
Father in heaven, I pray for the lost souls in my family and the world. I pray that your Spirit will convict them and turn their hearts back to you in the name of Jesus.