It’s been a while since I wrote a post related to the Bible prayers, Fear not! I haven’t forgotten. By God’s grace I hope to continue. And without further ado, I present to you another bible prayer analysis.
A french astronomer once said:“I have swept the universe with my telescope, and I find no God.”
Another man replied saying:“That is as unreasonable as for me to say I have taken my violin apart, have examined each piece, and I find no music.”♫
In our lives we have to notice the subtle causes and effects in order to see God because He doesn’t always make His presence known in a dramatic way. Just because He is silent does not mean that He is sleeping, he is working behind the scenes in your favour.
The next prayer that will be analysed is the one by Elijah in 1 Kings 18:20-39. Just to give a summary of the events surrounding this prayer; Elijah was a prophet who had spent majority of his life trying to convince a nation that had strayed away to come back to the TRUE and ONLY God. So everyone gathered on Mount Carmel, in an attempt to know who the True God was. Baal’s prophets cried & shouted out onto their god, they cut themselves, as was their custom, despite all their efforts there was no response from Baal. Their chanting was to no avail, so they stepped aside for Elijah to call on His God.
36 When it was time for the evening offering, Elijah the prophet approached the altar and prayed: “O Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, prove today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. 37 Answer me, O Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, O Lord, are the true God and that you are winning back their allegiance.” 38 Then fire from the Lord fell from the sky. It consumed the offering, the wood, the stones, and the dirt, and licked up the water in the trench. 39 When all the people saw this, they threw themselves down with their faces to the ground and said, “The Lord is the true God! The Lord is the true God!”
In that passage, we see Elijah call on God to show Himself as the true God and God does so and consequently a revival broke out. God became important again to all the people. God is still displaying His power in our 21st century world. The times in which we live in are times of revival, we see dramatic miracles in the lives of people. Let us pray that God will continue to move in such a way that more people will come to know Him. May it be known that He is the one, true God.
In the same way, God flashed fire from heaven for Elijah in order to show that He was the true God, God will help us accomplish what He commands us to do. The proof may not be as dramatic as it was in the time of Elijah, but God will make resources available to us in creative ways to accomplish his purposes.
He will give us the courage to stand for truth.
He will give us the means to provide help for someone in need.
Like Elijah if we have faith that, whatever God commands us to do, he will provide the means in order to carry it through.
The prophets of Baal, cried out and called onto their god all afternoon but no one answered them. This is because their god was silent, he was not real.
The gods we may be tempted to follow are not idols of wood or stone,but they are just as false and dangerous because they cause us to depend on something other than God. Power, status, appearance or material possessions can become our gods, if we devote our lives to them. However, when we reach times of crisis and desperately call out to these gods, there will only be silence. (Even their g is lowercase- shows how insiginificant they are!!) They offer no true answers, no guidance and no wisdom.
So I urge you today to make a promise to yourself that you will only trust in the one true God. The one who was not silent to Elijah’s prayer on mount Carmel. The one who is and shall be forever more. The one who fights our battles for us. The one who makes a way where there seems to be no other way. The one who never sleeps on the job, and makes His presence known in subtle ways.
Stay blessed ,
P.S- If you haven’t done so already have a read of the previous prayers of the old testament on here and share with loved ones and friends.