The problem with the lectionary is that we’re coming into the middle of the story and we’re missing some big pieces here. Prior to this, there is the combat, if you will, between God and Baal. Baal is the god of water and there is a big drought in the land. The prophets of Baal are praying to Baal and Elijah is praying to God and there’s a little contest they had going on. They were both going to put their sacrifice on a stone and the right God, the God who was the true God, would put a fire on that and they would have their sacrifice.