Pray The Word and Prepare for The Word
James 5:16-18 - The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years!
Read - 1 Kings 17:1-18:46
Israel has had a half-dozen kings thus far and each of them have been wicked. The people have been led into idolatry. Their newest leader (Ahab) has aligned himself with the false God Baal. Why? Because Baal was supposedly connected to rain and productivity. The One True God takes issue with this and sends His prophet Elijah onto the scene. Elijah prophecies a famine and it happens. Then he has a showdown against hundreds of false prophets and is proved to be the only one following God. God does not only speak through blessing us and making things easy. At times, he speaks by removing a blessing and adding discomfort.
Lord, I thank you for your willingness to direct my life through whatever methods you choose.
Elijah is known as one of the primary prophets of the Old Testament. In the New Testament, he appears on the mountain with Jesus and Moses. Read Matthew 17:1-8. https://www.gotquestions.org/transfiguration.html
The false prophets that Ahab and Jezebel put together are good examples of misguided service to God. They didn’t know the One True God nor love Him. They were deceived by Satan into believing that Baal was God and would provide for them. Thus, they worshipped a false God and tried to serve Him. They had emotionally charged gatherings. They even cut themselves! Ultimately, they had empty religion and the work of their hands was fruitless. This must have been very discouraging and unfulfilling. Many people choose to point their praise and worship in the wrong direction. Often, well meaning folks ‘do’ all kinds of things but they do them out of obligation or ritual rather than a true Knowledge and Love for God. As you read the account of Elijah, how is God speaking to you about worshipping and serving Him?