Intensity in Prayer
"So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing" - (Matthew 26:44).
Thoughts for Today
When faced with trials, unbelievers like the widow in 1 Kings 17, often shake their fists at God. Sometimes, they make one of God's people, even someone close to them, the target of their anger. The widow says to Elijah in verse 18, "…What do you have against me, man of God? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?"
Elijah responds the way every Christian should, he does not return the anger but goes to God in prayer, relying on God's power to change the circumstances. God then uses Elijah to achieve the first resurrection in the Bible. God does this historical miracle in the home of a Baal-worshiping widow in the lowliest of places. It is a lesson that when we pray and depend on God's power, He will pour His resurrection power on the people and plans in our lives.
Elijah's intensity in prayer for the boy was effective as he literally put his entire being into intercession. God honors this type of wholehearted devotion in prayer.
Elijah also did not hesitate to ask God, "O LORD my God, have you brought tragedy also upon this widow I am staying with, by causing her son to die?" (v. 20). Asking God "why" is not wrong. Gideon did it when faced with the Midianites. Job asked "Why?" when tragedy struck his life. Even Jesus cried out to His Father from the cross and asked, "Why?" Yet all of these knew that God was all-powerful and could restore health, life, and victory.
With the resurrection of her son, the widow finally knew God. In verse 24 she says, "Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the LORD from your mouth is the truth."
Does Elijah's intensity in prayer inspire you?
Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father God,
Help me to pray with the kind of intensity that Elijah prayed with, believing that You will answer. Help me to devote more time, passion, and purpose to my prayer life. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."
Have a Blessed Tuesday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team
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