“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 havedone 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.”
This was Elijah’s prayer during the contest at Mount Carmel.
Elijah was a prophet of God whom he used to deliver the people of Israel from fake religion turning their hearts back to the most high God.
During the time of king Ahab, his wife introduced her religion to Israel and the worship of Baal became prevalent causing the people to turn away from God.
This made God angry, he punished the people with famine then later decided to deliver them through his prophet, Elijah.
Elijah had been in the wilderness all the while and was least affected by the drought because the Lord send ravens to bring him food. Until the pond dried and the Lord asked him to go to a widow who would feed him.
God later instructed Elijah to go back to Israel and turn the people’s heart back to righteousness.
He obeyed, went back and challenged the priests of Baal to a fire contest where they would offer sacrifices to their gods and pray for them to prove their divinity by setting the wood on fire.
They all gathered at Mount Carmel for the contest.
The priests tried to no avail but when it was Elijah’s time, he asked for water which he poured on the woods till it was drenched. He the prayed to God and the wet woods caught fire.
The people once again believed in the one, true God and cleansed the land of idols.
After the event, there was a heavy downpour ending the long drought as a sign that God had forgiven them.