The last part of 1 Kings 17 is the rest of the story about the widow where Elijah came to be fed during the drought. You will remember she had literally nothing when Elijah arrived but a little oil and flour – yet God took that and multiplied it so she could make biscuits daily to feed Elijah, herself and her young son. God continued to provide flour and oil and never allowed the bottles to run dry. After a while “the woman’s son became sick….the sickness took a turn for the worse….then he stopped breathing”. Things have gone from bare subsistence to a loss of the one thing she had left – her son. She immediately begins to blame Elijah for having come to her house. “Why did you ever show up here….barging in…exposing my sins…killing my son”? She has a point. Things seem to be pretty bad but she forgot that when Elijah arrived she was down to her last meal and had admitted after that meal she fully expected to die with her son. None the less, Elijah now is in the crosshairs. He asks for her son and takes him up to his loft and “laid him on his bed”. What happens next? Does he wander around thinking about what he should do? No – “THEN HE PRAYED”. Do you see this guys. Elijah immediately takes the situation to God. He doesn’t try to fix it himself – he doesn’t make excuses – he doesn’t call a meeting to see what to do – HE PRAYED. He goes through some motions but the bottom line is that he prayed and “God listened … put breath back into his body…he was alive”. Oh how I long to have that kind of relationship with the Father. I fully believe I can. Jesus told us that “greater things than this can you do if you have faith”. He was referring to His own miraculous actions. We have so much available to us, at our disposal, if we only learn to pray. God is still in the miracle business. He still uses people to change the world. I too often only go to Him after I have exhausted my own attempts to do things. I need to pray like Elijah – quickly, completely with faith. God wants to respond……….have you asked?
Archive for June 6th, 2007