This Doesn’t Look Like The Answer To My Prayer

41 Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go get something to eat and drink, for I hear a mighty rainstorm coming!”

42 So Ahab went to eat and drink. But Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel and bowed low to the ground and prayed with his face between his knees.

43 Then he said to his servant, “Go and look out toward the sea.”

The servant went and looked, then returned to Elijah and said, “I didn’t see anything.”

Seven times Elijah told him to go and look. 44 Finally the seventh time, his servant told him, “I saw a little cloud about the size of a man’s hand rising from the sea.”

Then Elijah shouted, “Hurry to Ahab and tell him, ‘Climb into your chariot and go back home. If you don’t hurry, the rain will stop you!’”

45 And soon the sky was black with clouds. A heavy wind brought a terrific rainstorm, and Ahab left quickly for Jezreel. (1 Kings 18:41-45).

There was a severe drought in the land of Samaria for three years. Elijah was praying to God for rain. As Elijah prayed, he instructed his servant to go outside to look if there was a sign of rain. Six times he did this and six times his servant came back saying “i didn’t see anything”.

When God gives us an instruction, we might not be able to see a thing initially. Most times, we don’t see any progress in the beginning. That doesn’t mean that God’s hand isn’t in it. He is working behind the scene.

Several times in the bible we find cases where God gives answers in ways we don’t expect.

In 2 kings 5, Naaman was expecting to get a different answer than what the little girl gave him. He wasn’t interested in going through the rigorous routine of doing the same thing over and over again, especially in that dirty river.

You see the reason why you are not getting result might not be because you are in the wrong place or because you are doing the wrong thing. It might just be that you need to learn to be patient in sowing continuously until you get result. Some of us don’t need to change jobs, businesses or marriage. You might just need a little bit more patience and persistence. Don’t get discouraged at the sixth attempt. Your next attempt might be when you breakthrough. If you are sure God told you to do that thing, keep doing it to the best of your ability. Diligence is key.

Elijah’s servant finally saw a sign when he went out to check the seventh time. It will interest you to know that the sign he saw was actually what we would see as negligible. If i see a cloud like the size of a man’s hand in the sky, i won’t take that as anything serious. That isn’t an enough sign to prove that there will be an abundance of rain. To be honest the abundance in this case seems to be an exaggeration. In the physical realm, tiny doesn’t equate abundance. Despite this, Elijah keyed into the tiny sign he saw.

Look into the areas of your life where you are still believing God for a miracle. He might not have sent the abundance of rain as of yet, but you might be able to see the tiny hand of cloud in the sky. Thank Him for the tiny hand of cloud that you can see. Thank Him for that little improvement in your health. You might not be able to run as of yet, however you’ve been able to sit up from that sick bed.

That child might not have started joining you in prayers but s/he has started sitting still to listen to you. Trust that if He is able to give the tiny hand of cloud in the sky, He is also able to send the abundance of rain. Acknowledge the tiny steps. Make joyful noises about the tiny improvements. You might not have given up smoking as of yet, but at least you have cut down the number of cigarette you now take. You might not have gotten an ‘A’ in that subject, but you have moved from a ‘D’ to a ‘C’. They may be baby steps but they are steps in the right direction. The baby steps are usually not the type of miracle we look forward to. They usually don’t look like the answers we want to our prayers. However they are a sign that the ‘big miracle’ is on it’s way.

If you don’t appreciate the tiny hand in the cloud, you won’t appreciate the abundance of rain when it comes.

***Oldie but goodie🙂***

19 thoughts on “This Doesn’t Look Like The Answer To My Prayer

  1. “If you don’t appreciate the tiny hand in the cloud, you won’t appreciate the abundance of rain when it comes.”
    Oh I love this Efua! ❤️
    Wonderfully encouraging post, as always.
    Love Hayley 😊💜

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      1. Thank you for asking, Efua.
        The new role is going great and I’m absolutely loving this new season. I am part of a great team of people and I feel so very blessed and privileged that I am able to serve the Lord in worship. My next goal is to make it full time so I can potentially quit my day job as I can’t do both lol and I’m already finding it a balancing act.
        How are things with you? 😊❤️

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      2. Good to know that you have settled in nicely. I understand how hard it is to juggle ministry and circular job. I pray your heart desire to make it full time is granted by God. I used to be in worship team. I had to quit because it was difficult for me to commit fully to it knowing fully well it isn’t directly linked to my purpose. I felt I needed to give more attention to my purpose. Nothing like going all in when it comes to what you know God has called you into. I’m glad you are doing just that!😊❤️

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      3. You’re so right, Efua, there’s nothing like doing what God has called us to do.
        I think you are very wise to consider cutting back those branches that are not bearing much fruit. I’ve had to do that with other stuff too, just my day job now lol 😂 Thank you for your prayers. 🙏😊
        Whatever God wants us to do, we will do though, right? His timing and His purpose.
        Lots of love 💕

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  2. Wow! This encouraged me a lot. Sometimes as Christians we give up too easily. The Bible tells us to not despise the day of small beginnings. Just because it starts off small doesn’t mean that it’s going to stay that way. Nothing that GOD touches can stay the same. Perserverance is key. Thanks so much for this encouraging post!

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    1. Aww I’m glad this encouraged you. I wrote this post in the midst of challenges and it did help me change my perspective about how I viewed things. Really thankful to God for giving me the insight to put it into words.
      I love it when you said “Nothing that GOD touches can stay the same.” This is a big word right here and it sure deserves an AMEN!!!!

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  3. Hello Efua, and thank you for doing Kingdom work. 1 Corinthians 15:58 says to ABOUND in the work of the Lord and I think you are doing just that. I am very happy to have found a fellow Christian blogger and someone who Loves Jesus as you do. This article was very inspiring and written with elegance. The Lord has gifted you will this ability and I praise God you are using it for his Glory. On my site I recently added a section listing other Christian bloggers I have found online, and you are my second entry. Keep up the good work Sister in Christ!

    Stay Strong & Stand Tall


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    1. Aww this is so nice of you to say. I am truly humbled by your kind words. I thank God for giving me this platform to evangelise and tell the world about Jesus Christ. Thanks for making a reference to me on your website. God bless you!


  4. I don’t know how I missed this last week when you posted it, Efua, but maybe it was because I needed this encouraging reminder today.❤️
    It’s so easy to get frustrated (with myself, even more so than with God) when things move slowly, especially when it comes to my book writing, which I know is my responsibility to get the words down—God’s not going to magically make the words appear (although He could if He wanted to😉). It’s not that I’ve lost faith in the end result that God will bring about through it either, it’s that sometimes I feel like I’ve stopped even making baby steps…and it’s due to my own lack of discipline and diligence.😔
    Just got to remember “If you are sure God told you to do that thing, keep doing it to the best of your ability. Diligence is key.”

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    1. Aww Mia. I can relate with your comment and I’m sure many others can. Book writing can be very challenging as it takes everything to do. But I’m sure God has a reason He placed that desire in your heart. I’m glad you picked something from this. We are need that reminder every now and again. Can’t wait to read your book😬

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  5. Wonderful article, sis! Full of rich insights. It really is SO vitally important for us to act on the “little signs” as they come, fully engaging our faith with them, and then we can expect the abundance of rain! Thank you so very much for sharing this with me. ❤ Much love to you!

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