Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee. So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth.And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah. (1 Kings 17:9-16) [emphasis mine]
When this passage of scripture is used to entice people to give, rarely is any attention given to the fact that before Elijah even left the brook, God had already directly spoken to the widow, and commanded her to feed and house him. Then, when Elijah, tells her to make him a cake first, he prophesied to her before she gave him the cake. Now, this wasn’t just any prophet, either. This was Elijah, whose word always came to pass. The same Elijah who could call down fire from heaven. Yet today we have prophets whose words fail often and yet they believe themselves to be entitled to honors that no Biblical prophet, not even the Savior himself, ever presumed to demand.
-from 7 Keys to Prophetic Protocol