God is gracious that he does not answer our prayers. Many times we utter foolish prayers as Elijah did. His desire was death. (1 Kings 19:4) God was gracious to ignore his prayers. Instead God fulfilled his plan that Elijah was caught up to Heaven. (2 Kings 2:11) He did not see death but glorious entry to eternity. Thank God for his grace that he does not answer all our stupid prayers.
From: Christ and an Adventurer A Memoir of DR. J. N. Manokaran, (Page 95)
I won’t do it (V 3)
Elijah left from the God given assignment and moved towards the wilderness out of fear.
I can’t do it (V 3)
Elijah sat under the juniper tree and Said Lord it’s enough. I am not better than my forefathers, so Lord please take my life. Comparison may lead to frustration.
I want to do it (V 4 to 6)
Elijah slept thinking I was doing a good work but now? The Angel touched him and encouraged that you will do it, strengthen yourself with this food.
How do I do it? (V 7)
Go, the journey is too great. Do not think how? and remain here. Rather travel there are several things to be done through you.
I will try to do it (V 8)
After a long travel he reached Horeb the mountain of God. God spoke to him and made him to think. With a question what are you doing here? That made him to change his attitude of negativity.
I can do it (V 15 to 18)
God guided him to go and anoint kings and prophets. Said it’s not only you there are 7000 knees who never bowed before Baal. If they are able then you can also do it.
I will do it (V 19 to 21)
Elijah anointed the future generation to remove the unrighteousness from the nation. And proved that he can do it.
I did it (2 Kings 2)
Elijah successfully completed the Mission and equipped Elijah and made him as a successor.
At the beginning of this chapter Elijah prayed to God to remove his life. But God never answered to his prayer and gave him the great blessing of not seeing the death, he was directly taken to heaven. Instead of answering our stupid prayers, Lord encourages, strengthen, and motivates to fulfil his plan.