It had not rained for 3 years and 6 months and Israel was in a sad state of affairs. The drought caused by the lack of precipitation was not what made things so deplorable. It was Israel’s lack of fellowship with God as evidenced by the broken down altar on Mt. Carmel. That must have been a horrible sight to behold!
(1 Kings 18:30) And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down. (KJV)
Before any real worship could take place, the prophet had to repair the altar. As he laid one stone upon another, he may have given some thought about the previous times somebody used this very same place to pray, dedicate themselves, and worship Almighty God.
Though we do not build altars for the sacrifice of animals today, as the Old Testament Jews did, we do have the altar of our heart. What does your altar look like? Is your altar guarded, maintained and utilized? Neglecting your prayer life will leave your altar in disrepair.
The rain did not come, and the fields did not yield their fruit until someone repaired the altar. Bounty would never again be realized until someone prayed at the altar! So it is with us today… we must pray and make use of the old-fashioned prayer altar!
(Hebrews 4:16) Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (KJV)
(Jeremiah 33:3) Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. (KJV)