Day 18 - Personal Devotional

Elijah prayed, “Lord… let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. 37 Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.” (1 Kings 18:36-37)

Elijah was a prophet of God at a time when not many people were following God. In fact, most had given over to compromise and were worshipping idols like Baal.

Elijah was different, not because he had special powers or because God loved him more than anyone else. Elijah was different because he had a personal relationship with God. And Elijah wanted the people to see Who the One True God was, and return to Him. He set up the ultimate showdown against 450 of the false prophets of Baal. He ordered sacrifices and told the people the True God would answer with fire.

You can read the story in 1 Kings 18.

The false prophets began to cry out over their sacrifice in the morning and nothing happened. The hours dragged on into the afternoon and the prophets were growing desperate and began dancing, striving, and even cutting themselves, but still nothing. All their religious display, their attention-seeking devotion yielded nothing. No fire. Their god was silent.

This is exactly what a life chasing after the wrong things will do. We lose our confidence, strive, look for attention in the wrong things, and even seek to impress others with our level of devotion.

Elijah was different.

He knew God would show up. More importantly, he knew why…

“…and that you are turning their hearts back again.”

Elijah knew God would answer with fire and consume his sacrifice because he held in his heart the heart of the Father for the people. And when he prayed God answered powerfully and the people repented.

When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The Lord—he is God! The Lord—he is God!” (1Kings 18:39)

Our 21 day fast is a sacrifice similar to Elijah’s in that as we fast we become keenly aware of God’s continual presence in our lives. He is real. He is all-powerful. And will answer us in miraculous ways.

As we near the end of our fast, let’s lean into God like never before. Let’s carry His heart for our families, our cities and the nations. Let’s pray that people’s hearts would turn back to Him, blind eyes will be opened, bodies healed, strongholds broken, and let’s see the nations cry, The Lord—he is God!

Mitch Rutledge