Rain or drought at the power of your word

1 Kings Bible Background

05.08.2018 Old Testament: 1Ki 17.1

To read the Bible in a year, read First Kings 16–18 on May 8, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

The Lord gave Elijah awesome power, but Elijah truly worked with the Lord’s power, not that Elijah just had power to do anything he desired. Of rain and drought, the Bible says,

And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the LORD God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word” (1 Kings 17.1).

He would call for drought, even of the dew, because the Lord had directed the prophet to speak so and to act according to the Lord’s wishes. However, the Lord would stop the rain and then start it again when Elijah asked the Lord to do it!

To let us know that we have power available to us to make things happen, such as forgiving a brother of his sins, James said,

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 land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit (James 5.17–18).


  • Do you pray fervently according to the Lord’s will?
  • Are your requests in harmony with what the Lord would want and would not want?

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