Our all-knowing God has the true knowledge of mankind from creation, and thus placed before the chosen people of God the Ten Commandments to guide them, who are the children of Israel, whose frailties HE knew very well. In Exodus 20: 3 HE said: “You shall have no other Gods before me.” Believing in Christ is derived from the requirement of having no other Gods but HIM. Evidences abound in the bible in many areas where knowing and worshipping God for who HE is was the potent weapon for overcoming life’s difficulties. In 1Kings 18: 37 Elijah showed how absolute faith in God that he demonstrated publicly helped him to invoke fire from heaven that burnt his sacrifice. Prophets of baal could not. He had to adjudge the prophets of baal by executing up to 400 of them. He had to run away for dear life because of Jezebel’s hot desire to kill him. God knew his plight and sent a raven to supply food and drink that lasted him for forty days and forty nights
All these were the fall out from his prayers for drought and eventual rainfall James 5: 17. Elijah’s raising the son of the widow of Zarephath to life in 1Kings 17: 20-23 (NKJV) was a clear example of answered prayer. Being a tax collector signified the status of a sinner because of the sharp practices in the execution of their duty. Once one realizes that one is a sinner and has the conviction to ask for mercy, God does not close his eyes against such individuals Luke 18: 13 (NKJV). By the same token Jacob, known to have supplanted his twin-brother Esau, did pray to be delivered from his brother’s wrath. His prayer was granted Genesis 2: 9-12. (NKJV)
All these instances of answered prayers point to the fact that the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercy has never come to an end, they are new every morning, great is the faithfulness of the Lord. A believer has the grace for praying for self and others and answers shall always be manifest. The prayer of the saint avails much. This is a period of dispensation of grace. It is therefore incumbent on us to help ourselves by depositing our problems at the feet of Christ who is always ready to solve our problems handed over to Him. Praise the Lord!