Prayer Thought: Discouragement

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Reading about the prophet Elijah in 1 Kings 18-19 is excited stuff.  I mean, God, with a little help from Elijah puts on a great show for the ages.  God sends fire down from heaven which consumes an altar drenched in water.  The fire burns up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones, the soil and all of the water in the trench surrounding it.  Yeah, this is a great story.  Of course, it ends with the false prophets be put to death.

When Jezebel find out what Elijah has orchestrated, and that he has killed 450 prophets of the false god Baal, she blows a gasket and swears to get revenge with Elijah’s life.  We then read, “Elijah was afraid and ran for his life” (1 Kgs 19:3).  After an encounter with an angel (the image is an angel touching Elijah while he was sleeping under a tree), Elijah then meets up with the Lord!  God comes to him in a “gentle whisper” and then Elijah informs God that he is the only prophet remaining.  

God’s response?  “I have a plan!  And by the way, there are 7,000 in Israel who have not bowed down to Baal.”  What a teaching moment of multiple lessons.  First, we’re never alone in our faith as other brothers and sisters in Christ are along for the Christian journey as well.  Second, we simply need to be faithful to God and trust Him because He is always in control.  And last of all, we can’t allow discouragement to get the best of us.  God is always there, as are others who share in our fellowship.  “Lord, thank you for your faithfulness to me.  Help me be as faithful to you.  And help me see the tremendous value of having like-minded Christians to share my life with.”



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