MONDAY, JULY 11
So Ahab went to eat and drink. But Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel
and bowed low to the ground and prayed with his face between his knees.
1 Kings 18:42 (NLT)
GOD IS MOVED BY OUR PRAYERS: GET ALONE WITH GOD
It was Corrie Ten Boom who asked, “Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” I am afraid for too many of us it is the spare tire, the source we look to only when our journey has ground to a halt, but really, it ought to be our steering wheel, and Jesus teaches us that. I wonder as tomorrow dawns will we take time with the Lord? Will we enter our prayer closet? Will we get alone with Jesus? Will we start the day with God? (David Moore)
In 1 Kings 18:42 Elijah went alone to talk to God. Ahab could feast; Elijah could not, or would not. Ascending Mt. Carmel, he proceeded to pray earnestly for rain, as he had prayed formerly that it might not rain. While Ahab wandered off to feed his flesh, Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel to meet alone with the Father. Even though the Baal prophets were dead and gone, there was still work to be done. It was time for the man who believed God to call on His Name and finish the task he had been given.
Is prayer a steering wheel in your life or a spare tire that’s only for emergencies? When Mike talked about praying on Sunday, how did it make you feel about your own prayer life? Did God challenge you to make any changes to your prayer life and have you made them?
Thank God for caring enough to hear your prayers. Find a place to get alone with God today and lift up your life concerns to Him.