Where is the music? 

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 ,

Dara x

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.

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If He did it before. He can do it Again 

While thinking of what I wanted to share, I decided on this topic as it applies to everyone even myself. There are several times in our lives when many obstacles are thrown our way,  some new and others that we have experienced before. However, as it is in our human nature, fear grips us.  We may become very anxious and confused, which ultimately affects our ability to cope with the situations. I have learnt (and I am still trying to put into practice) that when obstacles do arise I should remember that God never changes and he’ll never abandon me. If he was able to help me in the past he is more  than able to do the same again.  

The secret to conquering the challenges and obstacles we are faced with is by staying POSITIVEBeing positive is powerful. And a big part of being positive is simply reminding yourself of your past successes. When David faced the giant, Goliath, he remembered that When a lion or a bear came to steal a lamb from the flock, He would go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turned on him, he will catch it by the jaw and club it to death.” David then said “I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! The LORD who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!”  (‭1 Samuel‬ ‭17‬:‭34-37‬ ) David’s positivity helped him to gain courage in his current situation. So what we can learn from David, here, is that whenever you are faced with a new obstacle or find yourself in a battle against an obstacle ( your giant), believe that the same God that helped you to succeed in the past is going to  help you again. When you remember that you serve a living God, and think positively you will have the courage to  face your situation.  

God is not a genie in the bottle, that can only grant you 3 wishes, he is always listening and granting our many requests. The bible says we are confident that He hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases Him. And since we know He hears us when we make our requests, we also know that He will give us what we ask for.” (‭1 John‬ ‭5‬:‭14-15‬ ) Some of us may fall under the trap of only asking God to help us when we have small problems, and then when we have the larger ones we try to handle them with our human ability. However I want to let you know that “Great is our Lord and mighty in power; His understanding has no limit.” (‭Psalm‬ ‭147‬:‭5‬) , so do not try and limit Him. God is able to meet each and everyone’s need no matter the magnitude, He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us, and through Christ His promises are Yes and Amen. (1 Corinthians 1:20)

Do you have a problem today, that you feel is hopeless and that there is no way out? Do you know that the same God that performed miracles that we read about in the bible , is the same God that lives today? He can perform miracles in your life, all you need to have is faith in Him and His mighty power. In Exodus 14:21 we read of how  Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.” How amazing and spectacular, would that have been to witness! As if that wasn’t enough, he does it again, in Joshua 3:15-16 the Israelites got  to Jordan as soon as the feet of the priests who were carrying the Ark touched the water at the river’s edge, the water above that point began backing up a great distance away at a town called Adam, which is near Zarethan. And the water below that point flowed on to the Dead Sea until the riverbed was dry. Then all the people crossed over near the town of Jericho.”

God parted the waters of the Red Sea, for the children of Israel, once and then he parted the waters of the Jordan River for them again. That situation you are facing right now may feel like a Red Sea situation; you can’t seem to move forwards, backwards, left or right. It may seem like there is no way out of your current storm or past your obstacle, however I want to let you that God can part the Red Sea in your life. If He was able to make a way, for the children of Israel, where there seemed to be no way, he can do the same in your life! He is the same God yesterday, today and Tomorrow in Malachi 3:6 he says  “I am the Lord. I change not”. You may not have the slightest clue of how God will do it, but be rest assured that He Will Do It Again. Remember James 1:17: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variation, neither shadow of turning.”

“Please be, encouraged, this is not the first storm you’ve been through
You’ve been through worse, you didn’t come this far just to lose
He knows your needs, so take no thoughts on what you lost,
God will restore!” – Tye Tribbet

 

Listen to this song and be encouraged:

Stay Blessed,

Dara x

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