THEME: PRAY UNTIL IT HAPPENS.
BY: Fr. Francis Onwunali
HOMILY FOR THURSDAY JUNE 9 2022
“And he said, “Go again seven times.” And at the seventh time he said, “Behold, a little cloud like a man’s hand is rising out of the sea.” And he said, “GO up; say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot and go down, lest the rain stop you.”’
We can all probably think of a time when we have been let down by someone. When people have failed to keep their promises to us. It hurts and we are disappointed. But when God promises something, He will fulfil it. Sometimes we have got to do something before His promises are fulfilled in our lives.
In 1kings 18:41-46, It hadn’t rained for three and a half years in Israel, but Elijah carried out God’s instruction: ‘Go and present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the land’ (1 Kings 18:1). After Elijah’s confrontation with Baal’s prophets on Mount Carmel, he told King Ahab, ‘Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain’ (1 Kings 18:41). Ahab ate and drank, and Elijah fell on his face in prayer. And soon the desperately-needed rains came.
Elijah sent his servant to look for a sign of rain for seven times. It was the seventh time that he came back with a positive report. However, for the six times he examined the sky and came back with negative report, Elijah didn’t change his position. He continued to pray. These times could represent the weeks, months, years or decades we have been praying for a particular intention. We don’t have to change our position or stop praying. No matter how long it takes, God fulfils His promise. And He will fulfil ours.
Elijah practiced four simple steps that we can practice too: 1) Believe the promise. 2) Do what God is asking you to do. 3) Pray persistently, believing God will keep His Word. 4) Be patient. Elijah sent his servant out seven times to look for signs of rain, never once doubting God’s promise. On the seventh time the rains began. Elijah didn’t change his position. He didn’t stop praying.
Those times that we need to fulfil conditions, talk to God and wait expectantly for His promise to come into our lives, are times that we can become closer with God. We learn to trust Him and become more aware of His timing and works in our lives. He will never let you down or disappoint you. He will honour His word to you. ‘I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.’ GOD IS STILL ON THE THRONE. God bless you and your household always through Christ Our Lord Amen. Good morning.
Fr. Francis Onwunali