Elijah learns progressive faith in a competent God.
The story of Elijah can be our story. He prayed in faith and God answered. As time went on, the requests became bigger, trusting in a bigger God. As time went on Elijah prayed bigger prayers as God proved himself more than capable.
The first time we meet Elijah is prays that the rain stop to show the wicked powerful king Ahab, that God was more powerful. We read in James: Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months.
The Lord then miraculosly provides water and bread for Elijah. This is reminicent of the provision of the Istraelites in the desert. When that provision ceases, Elijah is provided for by a woman whose supply of flour and oil that never depleted. Recognizing that each day the Lord's provision was a miracle, Elijah prayed a bigger prayer of faith that the widow's son be restored to life. The Lord answered that request.
This progressive experience of faith prepared Elijah for the next experience to change his world. The final miracle we encounter is to challenge the prophets of Baal to produce fire from heaven. Elijah built his alter in a very public display. Elijah, eboldened by the experience that God answers prayer in smaller things, asked for something big—something that would change history.
The Lord asks us to do the same. Start out by asking the Lord for little things, but do not let up. In time we will be emboldened to ask God for big things, like, "Lord, use my skills, my time, my resources to make disciples of a nation."