And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain. So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees, And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times. And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not. And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain (1 Kings 18:41-45)~ Though the answers of our passionate and consistent prayers may not come quickly, nor may it always be on the grand scale as we ask, we must respect the sovereignty of God to impose His will on us rather than subject us to our own. Although we believe what we ‘want’ is best for us, God’s precise measure covers us in humility and grace. In these times, we must continue to persevere and maintain our faith in prayer, and not faint or give over. Remember, God is not slack concerning His promise; nor is He a man that He should lie. A little cloud at length appeared, which soon overspread the heavens, and watered the earth. Showers of plenty from a cloud of barely the span of a hand long. Though patience and faith may be tested, in perseverance great blessings often arise from small beginnings. Let us never despise the day of small things, but hope and wait for great things from it. From what small beginnings have great matters arisen! Look at what faith the size of a mustard seed can do! How strongly spoken is that still small voice among the noise of life! Yes, God is good for it – Believe!