They called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. “Baal, answer us!” they shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. And they danced around the altar they had made… So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed… But there was no response, no one answered. Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come here to me.” They came to him, and he repaired the altar of the Lord, which had been torn down. 1 Kings 18:26-30 NIV.
It does not matter how sincere you are or how many good works you do; if you accomplish things in your own flesh, fire will not come.
YOU CANNOT FIGHT A SPIRITUAL BATTLE IN THE FLESH
With the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord… he said to them, “Fill four large jars with water and pour it on the offering and on the wood.” “Do it again,” he said, and they did it again. “Do it a third time,” he ordered, and they did it the third time. The water ran down around the altar and even filled the trench. 1 Kings 18:31-35 NIV
Elijah took the most precious commodity in their nation, WATER, and used it to show the nation that they need God more than natural resources.
Fire Falls on Wet Altars
Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench. 1 Kings 18:38, NIV.