Our water tank has been bordering on empty a lot recently—it's been a long dry summer which has reached into autumn. Truthfully, my heart has felt a bit like our water tank and I’ve found myself echoing the cry of David, “I spread out my hands to You; my soul thirsts of You like a parched land” (Ps. 143:6, NIV).
I take comfort in knowing that the Scriptures are full of men and women who experienced ‘dry’ seasons. Elijah was one of them. Both times of national drought and personal depression are recorded as part of his story in 1 Kings. On one such occasion, Israel had no rain—not even dew— for three whole years. The brooks dried up, resources were scarce and people struggling. Yet Elijah went to King Ahab and made this declaration: “Go, eat and drink for there is the sound of heavy rain” (1 Kings 18:41).
There was not a cloud in the sky at the time he spoke these words. Elijah heard prophetically—he heard the answer, the promise of God in relation to their need before it was a visible reality. But it’s what he did next that caused the sound of rain to become the release of rain. Elijah climbed to the top of Mt. Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees (18:42)—he chose to align himself with what God was saying and to then persevere in prayer.
In Hebrew, Carmel means a garden land, a place of fruitfulness or fertility. In a time of need and lack, Elijah chose to retreat to a place of fruitfulness. Prayer—our intimate communion with the Father—is that place. Elijah did not move from that place until he saw the clouds of rain beginning to rise from the sea; until what he had heard in his spirit was made manifest in the physical realm.
This year, as I have spread out my needs before God, He has whispered three words to me: ‘On your knees.’ God wants to release the rains of His Spirit. He wants to quench parched hearts and lands. But He wants us to be part of releasing that rain. So He is calling us back to the fruitful place. Back to our knees.
What do you hear today? Will you partner with Him to make it seen?