1 Kings 17:13, 15, 16
"...make me thereof a little cake first. And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah...and the barrel of meal wasted not...”
I do not think she began praying on the day of her last morsel when she was scraping the bottom of the barrel. She certainly had been asking about her dwindling supply for days. We need to notice that nothing happened. Things just appeared to get worse. Yet this dear woman has to fend off all of her fears by giving up her last meal on that dreadful day Elijah was at the door requesting a drink of water and something to eat. When prayer does not seem to be answered, we can feel like we are at the end of it. It can be hard to pray when the resources are dwindling and it appears that God does not care. Elijah said something significant to her. His first thing he did was break off her connection with fear. His words were, “Fear not.” Fear can literally turn us away from God’s very best intentions for us.
The marvelous part of this whole story is that once she was over her initial hick up, she trusted God for the answer that would come through Elijah. You know the rest of the story. God did provide and she and her son and the man of God were preserved. Let me encourage you that no matter how it looks, trust that God sees you and hears you and will answer your prayer.