1 Kings 18:36-39
36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.
37 Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.
38 Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God.
-Elijah’s prayer, which was quickly answered by God, provides great insight and guidance that can be applied to our own prayers. Twice between verse 36 and 37 Elijah proclaims that the reason for his request is so the people may know that God is God. This is why God does the things He does and why He doesn’t do the things He doesn’t; so that we may know and believe. Sometimes that means raining fire down from Heaven, sometimes that means whispering in a still small voice. There is a lot of hardship and injustice in the world and it would be easy to question God for allowing it; but the fact is we don’t know enough to discern how certain events, even “bad” events, might move people to trust in the Lord. God may heal a person of sickness because He knows it will make someone believe. Another time God may not heal a person of sickness because He knows seeing that person faithfully carry that sickness will make someone believe.