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I love the story of Elijah on Mt Carmel.
By the way – i hate that word, story. Its not a fairy tale or a make believe “story” but a real life account of something that really happened in history.
But doesn’t it just blow your mind. It’s the greatest showdown. God vs Baal. Elijah, the lone ranger, vs the Baal prophets.
Fire from heaven.
Drama and humour.
But how is this relevant for us here today?
- Nothing is impossible for God. No amount of water could stop God from boom showing up. Though all the circumstances said NO WAY, God came by fire. He proved Himself regardless. In our life, no matter what the circumstance says God can and will and does move.
- It’s for His glory. There was no way that that altar could catch on fire by itself. The odds were stacked against it. In our lives we got to live for His glory. We don’t create the fire, we don’t make the fire, we don’t own the fire. Anything great that God does – GOD does. Not us. Live for His glory and the fire will come.
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread ~ Matthew 6:9-11
Give us today our daily bread – we need to have our bread fresh every day – just as the israelites had mana, every day, fresh, from heaven.
Perhaps Jesus isnt talking so much about kai on the table but kai for our hearts – soul food – spiritual nourishment.
My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26 ~ Give me today my daily portion / God is my portion
*** kai = food /
love this song on the new bethel live album FOR THE SAKE OF THE WORLD.
all glory and all power is yours
Our Father in Heaven
we worship You
we draw near
our Father, in heaven… help us to know you as Father…
When Jesus had finished praying, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his followers to pray.”
2So Jesus told them, “Pray in this way:
`Father, help us
to honor your name.
Come and set up
3Give us each day
the food we need.
4Forgive our sins,
as we forgive everyone
who has done wrong to us.
And keep us
from being tempted.’ “
when you read it, when you speak it, what Jesus prayed is really very simple, honest, real. It doesn sound overly spiritual, its not filled with repetition or flowerly language. Jesus SPEAKS to His Father. He prays. He communicates. He shares His hearts and His needs.
In the same way we should learn from Jesus – that prayer isnt about sounding spiritual or impressive – but its about connecting and communicating with our Father. prayer isnt about formula and catch phrases. its about conversation its about relationship and bringing honour and glory to His name, its about sharing our needs and our fears and our weaknesses with Him and worshiping Him.
what a privaledge it is that we can come and pray and seek God and call Him our Father – personal and near and close and loving. .