Elijah’s Prayer at Mt Carmel

Daily God Walk Sunday, May 22, 2011

 Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel and I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your word. Hear me, o Lord, hear me, that this people may know that you are the Lord God, and that you have turned their hearts back to you again. – 1 Kings 18:36-37

 It was showdown time at Mt Carmel. Ahab, the wicked king and Jezebel his even more wicked wife, had led the people of Israel into idolatry and Baal worship. God had called Elijah to confront this sin and call the people back to God.

God had sent Elijah to Ahab declaring that the heavens would be closed and there would be no rain. Then, three years later God sent him back to Ahab to tell him that God was about to send rain again, but the rain wouldn’t come until there was a showdown between the prophets of Baal and the prophet of God.

Elijah called for all Israel to gather on Mt Carmel along with the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah. When they had gathered Elijah challenged them, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, follow him” (v21 NKJV).

After challenging the people to choose between Jehovah and Baal Elijah turned to the 450 prophets of Baal and challenged them, “Call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord; and the God who answers by fire, he is God.”

We need men and women of God today who will, like Elijah, hear the voice of the Lord and then challenge the devil with God’s promises. We need men and women of faith who will enter the devil’s territory and challenge him to a duel.

The result of Elijah’s challenge and prayer was that “The fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice… when all the people saw it they fell on their faces and they said, “The Lord, he is God!”

Holy Spirit seems to be issuing a challenge to the church today and it is this: How long will you waver in your faith?

 Prayer:  Lord, grant me the faith of Elijah and the confidence to stand against the evil one and declare, “Jesus is Lord,” then show him who God is. In Jesus name, amen.

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