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** Hear me O Lord, hear me
** 1 Kings 18:37-39
** “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. Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God..”
There stood Elijah before the crowd of onlookers, including 450 prophets of Baal and another 400 prophets from around the countryside. Imagine standing alone before 850 false prophets who were whipping themselves up into an absolute frenzy, making a spectacle of themselves by shouting and cutting themselves till the blood flowed. It must have been quite intimidating!
But Elijah trusted in God and offered up a simple and most humble prayer of intercession and request; not demanding of God for His own benefit, but humbly requesting of God on behalf of and for the benefit of those who were caught up in deception, lies and idol worship.
I can’t say what you might have prayed in this situation, but, in all honesty, I am sure my prayer would have been something like; ‘please don’t let me die Lord, please deliver me from this situation so that I can carry on living my life, I don’t need this trouble Lord, please take this situation away from me.’
However, Elijah didn’t focus on himself as he simply prayed, “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.” Elijah was seeking first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; knowing and trusting that all these things would be added unto him according to the perfect will and purpose of God (Mth 6:33).
Elijah’s cry echoed the true intents and desires of his heart; not to be miraculously pulled out of the situation, but for God to miraculously use the situation for His glory and to the benefit of those with hardened, deceived and unbelieving hearts.
So today, let us not think that the trials and tribulations we must face in life are for a worthless cause. Whilst many times we may feel as if we are standing alone in the midst of great onslaught in our lives, I pray that we each will know and believe that God will never leave us nor forsake us and that He wants to fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness and the work of faith with power in our lives (2 Thes 1:11); not that we may have a trouble free life, but that others may know He is God and that He would count us worthy of His calling in Christ Jesus.
When it seems that there is much against us, when it seems that everything is closing in on us, that our backs are up against the wall, when it seems that there is no hope, may we be reminded of Romans 8:31, which says, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”
In these times of great testing, may our prayer be, “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.”
Prayer for today:
My Father in heaven, I pray today that whatever trial or storm it is that You would want to lead me through for Your glory, that I would not be gripped by anxiety, despondency, worry or fear; but that I might be still and know that You are God; and that You are in complete control in all areas of my life, working all things together for good to them that love You, to them who are the called according to Your purpose. Please my Lord, give me that peace which is beyond my understanding; and use me for Your glory I pray; in the wonderful and all powerful name of Jesus my Saviour. AMEN
This ODAAT daily devotion written by Gareth Hosking
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