Please read 1 Kings 16 – 18 for today…
“And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, ‘LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that Thou art God in Israel, and that I am Thy servant, and that I have done all these things at Thy word.
Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that Thou art the LORD God, and that Thou hast turned their heart back again.'” 1 Kings 18:36-37 (KJB)
I have been hearing quite a bit about prayer and its benefits for us. It relaxes our minds. It lowers our blood pressure, etc. Is that the point of prayer? Do we worship prayer? Sometimes prayer and faith seems more like the objects of our worship rather than tools of worship. I am not so sure the word “tools” is the proper wording, but neither prayer nor faith should be the object of our worship.
That was the reason for Elijah’s prayer. This northern kingdom, Israel, had departed from the Living God, and under the reign of Ahab had began worshiping Baal and Ashtoroth gods of no power whatsoever. The prophets of Baal in order to deceive the people would look like they were powerful by keeping a small fire under the altar (NOTE: verses 23 and 25 of chapter 18), and when they went through their ritual acts fire would suddenly appear where the people could see it, POOOF! and many of the gullible people were convinced Baal was god. What a sham.
Is there power in prayer? Most definitely when we pray to the God of heaven and earth; the One who has created all things. That is seen in Elijah’s praying. The shenanigans of the priests of Baal sound more like some current day “worship services” in the USA, than a real prayer meeting, or a genuine worship to the LORD God through His Son Jesus Christ.
Pray? Yes. Is there power in prayer? Yes. When it comes from a fervent heart for Christ, His cross, His burial, and resurrection; there is definitely power. Prayer cannot be a spare tire; for only when you need it. You need to speak with God, and He speaks to you through His word.
Let us pray to the God of heaven and earth. He is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who bled and died for our sins. Let Him ignite the fire, and then all God’s people will know that God hears, and answers prayer with power.