It was a long and weary day for Elijah on Mt Carmel. And now, as the sun sets, Elijah had a message for Ahab.
“And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain. So Ahab went up to eat and to drink.
And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees. ( 1 Kings 18:41-42 )
Two men…two very different responses.
For Ahab, who like Elijah, had probably not had a lot to eat or drink all day long, it was a time to eat and drink. But Elijah was not concerned about food for the body. For him it was to be a time of communion with his Father in heaven.
Look what happens here! Ahab went to eat food to sustain his physical needs while Elijah went to the top of Mt. Carmel where in reverence he bowed down, placed his head to the earth and devoted his entire attention on his spiritual need to speak with God.
This information just shook me! Elijah was in prayer for the whole day. Hadn’t he met his ‘praying quota’ for the day,” I asked myself?
Isn’t this how You and I feel sometimes? There’s a prayer time,a work time, an eating time and perhaps a TV time. Are you one of those who has prayer time on your – To Do – list? After every task is done you check off and feel satisfied.
Sound familiar? I too was content to rattle off a few words and patting myself to think that I was much better than the others!
But when I came to realize that prayer for me was not a To Do, my entire daily plan began to change. Yes, we can set apart a time for communication with our Father in heaven, but having fellowship with Him provides us with a deeper strength to handle the challenges we face each day.
This evening I longed to have the same kind of connection with my Father that Elijah had.
Whether in Gilead’s rugged terrain or hiding by a brook at Cherith or living in a portable shelter on top of a cottage in a foreign country, nothing matters to this man of God!
Elijah’s prayer life was an unbroken chain of golden conversation — not assigned to certain time or place! Elijah’s prayer life was an unbroken chain of golden conversation — not assigned to certain time or place!
Come! Let us prepare ourselves to face the life’s challenges today by communing with God in all we do everyday! COME!