Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord , are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.” Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.
1 Kings 18:37-38 –
Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.
James 5:17-20 –
James indicates that Elijah was just an ordinary man. Yet he did extraordinary things. How? Wasn’t Elijah super special and spiritual though?
Jesus taught in John 15 that the only way for any of us to be fruitful or effective is to “Remain in me”
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.
John 15:5-6 –
He concludes by saying:
7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. 9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.
John 15:7-17 –
Elijah was no more spiritual then any of us who know Christ yet he positioned himself to be used by the Lord. This is why we too should regularly develop a close relationship with Jesus Christ also. Pray regularly and feed on His Words, because the power is in Him not ourselves. Apart from Him we cannot obey as we ought, do good like we should or anything eternally significant. Elijah knew that he was just a vessel of God and regularly sought the Lord and had much alone time with God. So too we also are only as effectual as we allow God to pour into us!