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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Prayers in the Bible: Elijah's prayer on Mt. Carmel

Elijah's prayer on Mt. Carmel is one of the classic prayers in the Bible.

Here it is: 1 Kings 18:36 It happened at the time of the offering of the offering, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, “Yahweh, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your word. 37 Hear me, Yahweh, hear me, that this people may know that you, Yahweh, are God, and that you have turned their heart back again.” (World English Bible, which is public domain.) The whole story, giving the context, is here.

Elijah doesn't seem to have said a lot, compared to what the priests of Baal did. They whooped and hollered for a few hours. Elijah was praying to a real God. They weren't. Furthermore, Elijah was acting on God's command, so he had a right to expect an answer to this prayer. And, most importantly, God's honor was at stake. God always proves Himself under such circumstances. He certainly did then. He does in 2011.

This is one of a (so-far) year-long series. The previous post in the series is here.

Thanks for reading.

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