The BOLD Prayer Challenge Day 3–Elijah’s Prayer
Welcome to the BOLD Prayer Challenge!
Today we are diving into the L in the word BOLD, which stands for…
Look Expectantly (ok, that’s technically two words! lol)
Not only can we pray boldly, but we can look expectantly for the Lord to answer us.
Today we will look at one of my favorite Old Testament prophets and the bold prayer he prayed! Remember the story of Elijah on Mount Carmel?
There he was, standing on Mount Carmel while the prophets of Baal cried out in vain to their “god”, who apparently must have been sleeping while they were praying! (1 Kings 18:27)
But Elijah prayed with power, passion and boldness. After drenching the altar of the Lord, he prayed a simple prayer to the one, true God of Israel–and fire fell from heaven!
You can read the entire story of Elijah on Mount Carmel in 1 Kings 18:16-45.
Here is the bold prayer he prayed.
“Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”1 Kings 18:36-37
Here are some powerful truths we can gain from Elijah’s prayer:
“You are God”
Many of the people of Israel had forgotten that God is God, and conformed to the ways of the neighboring peoples around them who worshiped Baal. King Ahab, who was king of Israel and did the most evil and wickedness in the eyes of the Lord, marrying Jezebel and worshiping Baal (1 Kings 16:30-31).
The people of Israel desperately needed to be reminded that God is the one true God.
“I am your servant”
Elijah was one of the last prophets left at that time, since King Ahab and Queen Jezebel had put many of the prophets of the Lord to death (1 Kings 19:10).
Elijah felt all alone in his journey as a prophet, but he faithfully continued as a servant of the Lord.
When we are faced with opposition and hardship because of our faith, how should we respond? We can ask the Lord to ignite our faith as we continue to faithfully serve God in our lives each day.
“Answer me, Lord”
Elijah boldly asked the Lord to answer him and hear his prayer. When we pray boldly before God, we can pray with expectancy–knowing that God will always hear our prayers.
God may not always answer us in the way we may think, but we can confidently know and trust that our great God knows exactly what we need.
“So people will know you are God”
Elijah prayed his bold prayer for himself, but for the people who were watching him on Mount Carmel. When we pray mightily to God, others around us will hear about the mighty wonders God will perform in our lives!
We never know how our lives, prayers, and personal testimonies will reveal the truth of God to those around us, and even turn others back to the heart of God.
After Elijah prayed this prayer, fire fell from heaven and consumed the altar and sacrifice Elijah made on Mount Carmel.
Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench. When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The Lord—he is God! The Lord—he is God!”1 Kings 18:38-39
When we pray bold prayers before God, miracles can happen!
The book of James also highlights Elijah’s bold faith and mentions that he was a mere man who was used mightily by God. (James 5:17-18)
The truth is, we don’t have to have amazing faith or be a super-prophet to pray with power and boldness.
The same God who lives within us was with Elijah, and God used him in a powerful way to move heaven and earth–and he can do the same with us!
You can journal about Elijah’s prayer in the BOLD Prayer Challenge Guide, and look expectantly towards our Lord–who has the power to move mountains on our behalf!
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Don’t forget to “look expectantly” for the final blog post of the BOLD prayer challenge!
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