The Sovereign Creator of the universe is not affected by wind or weather, hunger or thirst, opposition or undulation in adoration. Such events as Elijah before the prophets of Baal show us the vanity of extended shouting of prayers and repetitious beckoning. On the contrary, with the short and to-the-point utterance of Elijah, YHVH answered immediately and with fire.
At my own encounter with the Sovereign of the Universe, there was nothing I was doing right, and I was certainly not in a synagogue or church, but in the wild heat of the pagan celebration of Carnival in Salvador, Brazil. I was not praying or even involved in any religious seeking or influence, nor using anybody’s name. The Bible was not my guide, for I had never really read it and, being a Jew, never considered Jesus as any remote possibility. The only qualification I could possibly offer is that my entire life and heart were bent on passionately seeking for Truth, come what may.
That seemed to be a sufficient prerequisite to qualify, as we are told, ‘And you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart’ (Jeremiah 29:13; Deuteronomy 4:29). In the very midst of all that would not seem conducive to a revelatory experience, including my own sins and doubts, came that very revelation sovereignly out of the blue, bursting through my defenses to alter and illuminate my life from that point forward.
God is sovereign, not to be manipulated by our chatterings and chirpings, loud music or spiritual formulas, as the prophets of Baal and many more modern religionists who beat their drums and howl themselves into a frenzy and a trance. This Monarch is not beholden to anyone’s demands or theologies, to nobody’s utterance or speculation of what He will or will not do or how, and does not perform at the snap of a whip for any entertainer like a trained lion in a circus. He is the King of the jungle, the Sovereign of the Universe. But, in His love and mercy beyond words, will graciously respond, as He sees fit, to humble supplications uttered from the heart in spirit and in Truth.