JULY 1, James 5:16b-18
Have you heard of Elijah? He was a mighty prophet when King Ahab and his son Ahaziah ruled over Israel, the northern kingdom. Both kings were idol worshippers. So God sent Elijah to rebuke them for Israel’s idolatry. Elijah faithfully obeyed God’s every command and prayed earnestly. His life story is a good testimony.
Elijah did not have the fear of man, not even of kings. God answered all his prayers and gave him power to perform miracles. Yet, there were times when he felt alone, weak and afraid. When Jezebel, Ahab’s wife, wanted to kill him, he ran like crazy for his life. In fact, he ran a very long distance from Jezreel in the north, to Beersheba in the south. Well, the Bible says that he was “a man subject to like passions as we are”. It means that he was like any of us. He also had feelings of discouragement and fear at times. Though Elijah trusted God, there were times when he felt that God was not with him.
No matter how Elijah felt, God never left Elijah. He raised Elijah up again from his despair, supplied all his needs of food during the drought, gave him rest and assured him of His presence. We have a wonderful God. So, whenever we feel afraid and God seems so far away, let us overcome this feeling with earnest prayers.
Look at the picture of this prophet above. Draw in the hairy beard and circle the girdle of leather about his loins.
These two features identify him as Elijah.
Thought: Godly men pray fervently and God is with Christians always.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to pray fervently, and to believe that You answer prayers. This I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.