This has been a study day, but not much IDOK writing. Leah over at The Point began our on-line study of From the Trash Pile to the Treasure Chest – Creating A Godly Legacy today. So I viewed the video, answered two questions and did Day 1 of Week 1 of my workbook and after a walk started background reading for Sunday School. Nothing of any significance done in the house but the study has been been just what I wanted to do! So let me pull something from my study materials and share a short 🙂 word with you for our Friday time together.
We are in I Kings 16:29 – 22:53 – well that’s the background Scripture – and no I’m not finished reading it all yet. Got some good notes though.
Read with me I Kings 18:36-39
Verse 36. At the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet came near and said,
Now let me stop right here to say the prophets of Baal had been calling on him all day, screaming, hollering, yelling, cutting themselves, jumping up and down, even tore down the altar of the LORD with all their hysterics, jumping and dancing around. And as you know, Baal answered not a word. No fire. Nothing. Zilch!
Lets get back to Elijah. “O LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, today let it be known that You are God in Israel and that I am Your servant and I have done all these things at Your word. Answer me, O LORD, answer me, that this people may know that You, O LORD, are God, and that You have turned their heart back again.”
They yelled, screamed, begged, pleaded; Elijah talked! That is what prayer is TALKING TO GOD. Do you love it?
Verse 38. Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, “The LORD, He is God; the LORD, He is God.”
Well, it’s about time!
And yet have we not all been so far out there in left field that God had to rain ‘fire’ to get us to get down so we could get up? Have we not all yelled, screamed, danced around the truth, and mutilated our testimony? Well, Praise the LORD! Perhaps not all, but for those of us who have “You (HE) have turned their heart back again.” That’s what Elijah asked for and that is what he got.
Let’s see what else we can learn from Elijah’s prayer. He began by reciting who God is. That always helps. To know Who you are talking to. Especially when we are talking to GOD. To know Who He is and Who He has been to YOU. What His history is with you. It is really good to remember that when we are talking to Him. Now I may be naive but I don’t think Elijah was worried, at this point, about his reputation or God’s; but He was reminding himself by reminding God that GOD always keeps His word and His character never changes. It would be good for us to keep that in mind too when we are talking to Him. And Elijah was concerned about the people. We should be too. All peoples. Family. Friends. People we like. People we don’t like. Concerned enough to pray that the LORD will turn wayward hearts back to Him or to Him for the first time. And may it be that we begin this praying before it takes fire hot enough to burn stone to get their attention or ours. I’m just saying….
Let me encourage you to visit Leah’s Blog even if you are not doing the study.
And stop by Praying for These and refresh the names in your mind.
Well, DADDY GOD, it’s on the screen. You are so good to me! Do what You will with it in the hearts of our Readers. And thank You for the good work You have begun in each of us. I pray we won’t back down now but keep on keeping on with You. Thank You for reading with me the Names on our list; thank You for loving them and seeing their faces and their hearts and their needs, even the deepest ones. And thank You for working with them and on their behalf. Our IDOK Troops too. Those home and those abroad – we pray for holiness and for transformations as well as peace and safety and protection. Now thank You for Elaine, she blesses me every time I read at her blog. I do so pray that You will completely heal her and more than make up to her what the cancer has taken. And thank You for Leah and Kimberly and so many other sister Bloggers out there. Thank You for this media of sharing. Help us, help me, be careful with it. Help us value people, treasure them and lift them up and yet at the same time never, ever, ever compromise what You have spoken in Your Word. To balance hating the sin but loving the sinner. Thank You for loving on our People in JESUS NAME. Amen and amen.
Holy hugs till Monday!!