Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he bowed himself down on the earth, and put his face between his knees. He said to his servant, 'Go up now, and look toward the sea.' He went up, and looked, and said, 'There is nothing.' He said, 'Go again' seven times. On the seventh time, he said, 'Behold, a small cloud, like a man's hand, is rising out of the sea.' He said, 'Go up, tell Ahab, 'Get ready and go down, so that the rain doesn't stop you.' ' In a little while, the sky grew black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. 1 Kings 18:42 WEB
It had not rained on the earth in three and a half years when Elijah knelt to pray (James 5:17). Elijah prayed and nothing seemed to happen, so he prayed again, yet nothing seemed to happen. He prayed a third time, but nothing seemed to happen. He kept praying, and he kept checking. Elijah prayed seven times before the rain began to fall.
Jesus prayed for a blind man twice (Mark 8:25). In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus went back and prayed the same words three times (Matthew 26:44). Jesus told a parable to His disciples that they should pray always and not give up (Luke 18:1). It was about an unjust judge whom a widow kept coming to until she wore him out, and he gave her what she asked. Then He said 'Will God not bring justice for His chosen ones that cry out day and night?'
I once read a testimony by Kenneth Hagin who said that he prayed for a blind woman seven times. Each time she would fall to the ground, but when she got up, she was still blind. Finally the eighth time that she came forward for prayer, he prayed for her and moved on to the next person. Soon she started screaming 'I can see!' She was healed, but it took praying for her eight times. The Lord later showed him a vision of an octopus wrapped around her eyes, and each time he prayed, one leg would come off. He had to pray eight times to see the final result.
Pray until it happens. Pray until you see it. Pray until it comes to pass. Pray and don't give up. Just because you don't see it the first time does not mean that nothing happened in the spirit realm. Pray again. Things change when we pray and the fervent prayers of the righteous have great power (James 5:16). The end result of prayer is when we see it manifest in the natural, but it does not start there. Pray through the tentacles.Prayer: Heavenly Father I pray that You help me understand Your word and teach me by Your Spirit. Let me see the things that others miss. Open my mind to Your Word, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
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