Text: 1 Kings 17:17-24 (KJV)
17 And it came to pass after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him.
18 And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son?
19 And he said unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed.
20 And he cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son?
21 And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, I pray thee, let this child’s soul come into him again.
22 And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived.
23 And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother: and Elijah said, See, thy son liveth.
24 And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in thy mouth is truth.
Key Verse: “And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived” (1 Kings 17:22).
Dr. Yonggi Cho once said that prayer is like a bomb. Bombard heaven with your prayers. Afterward there will be complete destruction of Satan’s strongholds. One of the greatest heritages we enjoy from the Lord is the instrumentality of prayers. Prayer is the privilege of communing with God. Imagine the cluster of challenges with daily face and the disasters that could ensue were it not for the grace to summon heavenly intervention through the medium of prayers!
Our text presents us with an embarrassment which Elijah the man of God faced in the home of the widow at Zarephath. There had been a divinely arranged encounter between the two in which Elijah’s physical need was met. The widow’s fear of a last meal in a devastating famine was equally mitigated. With this glorious feat, the ordinary mind could not have gathered another daunting challenge for the two: the sudden death of the only son of the widow. So unnerved was Elijah that he remarked, “O Lord my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn by slaying her son?” Elijah did not stop at merely bemoaning his fate: he strongly tapped into the enormous resources of prevailing prayer. God honoured him and brought the child back to life.
As Christians, we should not be under any illusion that the cessation of a problem in our lives marks the end of all challenges of life. It is not so. Certainly, we are bound to face challenges and pass through string of tribulations because we are not of this world.
Like Elijah, we have to give ourselves to effectual fervent prayer, the contending odds notwithstanding. And if our lives are righteous and pure as God requires through His grace, we can be rest assured of His deliverance from every fearsome challenge. Be another Elijah!
Thought For The Day: Prayer is the key which unlocks the door of victory.
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