Then Elijah told the people, "Enough of that—it's my turn. Gather around." And they gathered. He then put the altar back together for by now it was in ruins. 1 Kings 18:30 (MSG)
I have, at times, prayed for fire from heaven as I stood next to the ruined altar of my life.
God didn't answer Elijah until the altar, which lay in ruins, was repaired.