The God Who Answers
The God Who answers by fire, He is God. ~ 1 Kings 18:24
Elijah had confidence in his God.
The prophets of Baal spent an entire day wailing and flailing, cutting and calling on a mute god for answers. They tore their clothes, they danced about, they repeated their requests.
But there was no voice; no one answered, no one paid attention. ~ 1 Kings 18:29
Three times, Elijah directed the people to drench the offering. Pour the water, the thing you’ve been lacking in this drought, not only on the offering but also on the wood…and fill the trench. See if God will not answer.
And the fire fell and the people fell. The offering, the wood, the rocks and dust and every drop of moisture was consumed.
The LORD, He is God! The LORD, He is God! ~ 1 Kings 18:39
My faith may not be as great as Elijah’s, but I worship and serve the same awesome God. The God who takes ‘mustard seed prayers’ and answers them. The God Who hears every small and large request, prayed once or prayed repeatedly over the course of years. He looks on the memorial of our prayers and does not forget.
Lately I’ve been blessed to see small faith rewarded. Why am I sometimes surprised by answered prayer?! That amazes me. How I forget Who it is I’m taking to…the God who answers by fire. I am learning to watch and pray, and then watch again. See it. See the fire, see the God of the universe loving me enough to answer prayers that don’t necessarily change the world, but do change the kingdom in me.
I am believing God when He says:
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! ~ Matthew 7:11
No question mark at the end of that. It’s an exclamation – ‘showing sudden or strong feeling’. I tend to over-use that punctuation mark, but how appropriate here. How much more!
So I am asking, though it sometimes is a sheepish and timid request. And this just sticks with me – that the God who hears my prayers is the God who answers by fire. So thankful.