What Elijah’s Prayer Can Teach Us About Motherhood

by | Oct 11, 2016 | Woman

I’m praying for some serious fire from heaven, but not for the reason you might think.

In the past several years there have been moments I’ve been tempted to pray that God would rain down fire on someone or a couple of someones, but thankfully God has brought me past that phase of this journey.

The other day I was blessed to hear one of the teachers at my school recount the story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal. It’s kind of a cool story. The kind of story I’d like to be told of me … how I took on 450 bad guys and let God show beyond a shadow of a doubt that He is God.

Just some background: The Israelite people had been, as Elijah put it, “limping between two different opinions.” They were trying to serve two gods, God and Baal. Elijah presents a contest of sorts. The priest of Baal would be given a bull to cut up and put on the altar. And Elijah would do the same. Only they would not light the sacrifice, instead they would each pray to their gods. The god that answered would be the true god—the champion god!

The Baal priests go first. All night until morning they desperately called for their god to answer them. By noon on the next day Elijah was less than impressed and a bit snarky. He said, “Cry aloud, for he is a god. Either he is musing, or he is relieving himself, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.” The priests continued to cry out and even cut themselves in an attempt to get Baal’s attention.

But to no avail. The Bible says, “No one answered; no one paid attention” (1 Kings 18:29)

Elijah’s turn. Or rather, God’s.

Elijah doesn’t just want to rain down fire on some ole dried up wood. He wants to show that his God is The God … his God is the One and Only … his God is powerful.

So he has them pour buckets of water on and around his sacrifice three times. Lots and lots of buckets so there is no doubt it is wet … definitely soaked. Clothes left on the line in a torrential downpour soaked.

And then he prays.

“The Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel and that I am Your servant and that I have done all these things at Your word. Hear me, O Lord, hear me, so that this people may know that You are the Lord God and that You have turned their hearts back again” (1 Kings 18:36-37).

And then God answers.

“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” (1 Kings 18:38).

And then the people responded.

“When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, ‘The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God'” (1 Kings 18:39).

Four verses. Bam. Bam. Bam. Bam.

And what God designed all along—not only for His glory but for the good of His people—happened.

How I long for fire from heaven like that—for God to move in amazing ways.

That’s not a bad thing, wanting some big fire from heaven burning up my altar, but as I sit here I’m realizing that I often miss the fact that God does move in amazing ways. All. The. Time.

This week my youngest daughters started school. Between before-school care and the bus ride home, it is 9 ½ hours. It’s 9 ½ hours that begins with us leaving the house at 6:45 a.m. That’s just so very long for my littlest ones.

And I was praying for fire from heaven to consume my fears and frustrations and worries.

Today we met at home—me from work and them from school—and it was a beautiful reunion. Lots of smiles. Things went well today.

Thank You Lord.

Last week my high schooler was overwhelmed with the workload he has at school (it is truly stunningly huge) and the two soccer teams he plays on. He was tired and terrified. We prayed and talked and I prayed some more.

I prayed fire from heaven to consume our anxious thoughts.

And this week, so much better. Things seem manageable. We have a plan and we have made adjustments and it looks like he is going to have a great year—lots of work, but a great year!

CHARISMA NEWSLETTERS

Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


MORE FROM CHARISMA

Mario Murillo: An Era of Mass Soul Winning Has Begun

Mario Murillo: An Era of Mass Soul Winning Has Begun

Read Time: 4 Minutes, 27 Seconds From the very first tent stake we drove into California soil, until now, there has only been one dream. And, after two years, that dream came true in Roseville. Roseville is the victory we have yearned for. It confirms that an era of...

God’s Strategy for His End-Times Church

God’s Strategy for His End-Times Church

Read Time: 2 Minutes 23 Seconds In this webinar, Grant Berry discussed the strategy the Lord is releasing for His end-time plans to reform His Ekklesia/church. God is revealing different focuses of this strategy to various parts of the body, especially as it relates...

How You Can Flow in the River of Living Water

How You Can Flow in the River of Living Water

Read Time: 5 Minutes, 2 Seconds A river is a source of life. As it is in the natural, so it is in the spiritual. Jesus told His disciples that if we believe in Him, "rivers of living water" will flow out from within us, from our hearts. "Anyone who believes in me may...

Cindy Jacobs Prophesies: Trust That He is There

Cindy Jacobs Prophesies: Trust That He is There

Read Time: 2 Minutes 42 Seconds It’s very interesting how the Holy Spirit will use things that you’re going through to not only prophesy to you, but also to prophesy over the body of Christ. In listening to other people and hearing what’s been coming out of their...

Have We Departed From the  Simplicity of Christ?

Have We Departed From the Simplicity of Christ?

Recently I heard a pastor say the following: "When I was pastoring and saw little fruit, I began to call those with potential to reach others for Christ to our home and to mentor them one on one. That's where massive growth happened in the people." Local pastors and...

RECENT ARTICLES

Take the Fight to the Enemy, Before He Strikes at You

Read Time: 3 Minutes 7 Seconds “When the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines went up to seek out David; and when David heard of it, he went down to...
Joyce Meyer: Becoming a Prisoner of Hope

Joyce Meyer: Becoming a Prisoner of Hope

Read Time: 3 Minutes 56 Seconds God is good. And He has a good plan for each of our lives. No matter what may be going on right now, God’s plan is unfolding. In the meantime, Romans 12:12 tells us to “be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer,”...

Victimized By Gaslighting? 5 Steps to Finding Freedom

Victimized By Gaslighting? 5 Steps to Finding Freedom

Read Time: 2 minutes 26 seconds The term "gaslighting" has gone viral across social media this year and Merriam-Webster chose it as their word-of-the-year, saying searches for the word spiked 1,740% in 2022 alone. We're breaking down what the Bible has to say about...

WATCH: Vlad Savchuck: Life, Health and the Bible

WATCH: Vlad Savchuck: Life, Health and the Bible

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZdzLoS3wCM During a recent visit to @HungryGeneration, Pastor Vlad Savchuk asked Bill Wiese to comment on his personal experience applying the Word of God to his own life and health. These same principals hold true for all who read and...

I’m Going Defcon G on the Enemy

I’m Going Defcon G on the Enemy

Read Time: 1 Minute 32 Seconds The last six years have been the best of times and the worst of times. I’ve seen more death, destruction, disease and devastation than I care to remember. I’ve also seen the hand of God move in extraordinary ways. Indeed, sometimes I...

Pin It on Pinterest