Lutz Campus

18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd.
Lutz, FL 33548

Idlewild at The Springs

8209 N 19th St
Tampa, FL 33604

Iglesia Bautista Idlewild

Main Campus, Student Building, Hall 2

God Answers Prayers for His Glory (1 Kings 18:36-38a)

God Answers Prayers for His Glory (1 Kings 18:36-38a)


God answers prayers for His glory.

God answers prayers of obedience.

In 1 Kings 18, Elijah appeared outnumbered as he stood in opposition to the wicked King Ahab and at least 850 prophets of pagan deities. In obedience to the LORD, he challenged the people to call on their gods to light their prepared altar, after which, he would call on Jehovah God to light his altar. The prophets were full of ceremony, dance and display, but to no avail. There was no answer. Then Elijah prayed a simple but potent prayer and God responded with fire from heaven. The people fell on their faces in worship of the LORD and the other prophets were put to death. Elijah had prayed,

“‘O LORD God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. Answer me, O LORD, answer me, so these people will know that you O LORD, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.’ Then the fire of the LORD fell….” (1 Kings 18:36-38a)

Elijah’s focus was on the one, true God. Elijah prayed for God’s glory. He prayed that  God would make Himself known. Elijah prayed that he would be validated as God’s prophet with a valid message from the living God. He prayed that the people would identify the LORD as the God who was turning their hearts back to Him. He prayed in obedience to God. God answered Elijah’s prayers.

Our prayers can be as simple. We can pray for God to be glorified as He reveals Himself with demonstrations of His power. We can pray that he will validate His messengers and His people, as well as, their lives and message. Finally, we can pray that God will turn people’s hearts to Himself, His character and His ways.

Greg Murphy – Minister, Family Care