Dear Saints of the Living God – Grace and Mercy to you and your family!
Elijah was a man, just like you and me, when it comes to things that there were happening to him. But when we read Malachi 4, God says, He will send Elijah, the prophet – before the final judgement. To change the hearts of the fathers to children and vice versa… I was wondering – Why is that? Is it because of His faith or the jealousy that he had for the Lord. No, he was a prayer warrior…
When we turn our pages to 1 Kings 18, we see the King Ahab was going through a difficult situation, the country didn’t have rain for over 3 years… can you imagine, that if we don’t have rain in America for 3 years – what will we do after eat our food, or to take shower… for 1065 days, they had no water… and people would die, in millions…
That’s exactly what was going on… and the bible says, in verse 41, “And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees…”
Prophet Elijah goes to the top of Mt. Carmel, because he was trying to find a place, where he will not disturbed by anything – when it comes to prayer and quiet time with the Lord, then we need to be alone with the Lord. I see all the great men of God, like CS Lewis, Billy Graham, Charles Stanley and the list goes on and on… their life was never the same, because of their lone time with the Lord.
Look what Jesus did that –Matthew 14 records it as – “He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone”
- Mark 1:35
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
- Luke 5:16
But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
- Luke 6:12
One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.
- John 6:15
Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.
You might say, there is no mountain near my house… fair enough, it is not the mountain that matters, it is a time spent alone with the Lord – just you and Him… We have to consistently going to our Mt. Carmel… it could be your closet, it could be a walking trail… It is not like I am preaching to you – I am writing this, so I can read and say it to my soul to constantly look for my Mt. Carmel.
And look at Elijah’s posture, “He puts his face between his knees”, it is a posture of expectation, it is a posture of giving birth. When we pray, the atmosphere changes, and the heavens open up, the red sea will split and the walls of Jericho will come down.
I don’t know what you are praying for today – but pray like Elijah… even though for seven times, when the servant went and looked – nothing was there on the sky – but Elijah didn’t waiver… and rain came pouring down. The same way, if nothing happens and it looks like God is silent – don’t let the helm of His garments… He is alive and His plans are impeccable, for you and me.
Have you spent time, in your Mt. Carmel – today?
May the good Lord Bless you!