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Summary: When times really get rough, we cannot forget where our source of power and strength comes from. It all comes from the Lord.

Introduction:

Prayer is our way of communicating to God. This is a privilege that was given to us by the Trinity (God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit).

We often times take prayer for granted, but it is our only resource to having peace in the midst of a storm, or having shelter in the time trouble because He will hide me, or finding refuge when all hell is braking out around you. Prayer is our way of going back to the power source.

God expects us to seek Him. God expects us to worship and praise Him. If we would only seek the face of God, things would work out so much better in our lives.

2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Stopping with that scripture, that brings me to my first point.

Development:

Point #1: Get to Know Him

In this Christian walk, you must get to know Jesus the Christ for yourself. You can make it on your father’s coat tail, you can’t make it on your mother’s coat tail, and you can’t een hitch a ride on your grand momma or grand daddy’s coat tail. You must have that relationship with Jesus the Christ for yourself.

Elijah was a man that had a deep and committed relationship with God. I’m not saying that he was perfect, but he was committed to serving, worshipping and praising God.

I know that Elijah had a relationship with God because of how God operated through him. In your leisure you can read in 1 Kings 17:17-24 how this prophet with the help of God raised a child up from death.

This little boy was from the widow of Zarephat and he had died from some unknown illness. Elijah was summoned to see this boy and to see what he could do.

While Elijah was there with the boy he died. The widow accused Elijah for his death. In her small mind she came to the conclusion that God had sent Elijah there to bring judgment against her for some past sin. But God was using this situation for a higher purpose.

I know this is true because Romans 8:28 tells me so.

Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

God used Elijah to bring this boy back to life. God was still in the proving business. He was still proving that He is God and God alone. Elijah took the boy back up stairs to his room, prayed and laid himself on the boy three times and a miracle took place. God sent the living spirit back into the dead boy’s body.

That’s why the song wrote the song, “There is No Secret To What God Can Do. What He’s Done for Others He Will Do for You.”

All of this was possible because His prophet Elijah had a relationship with Him.

God had gotten sick and tired of the rebellious nature of His people. He was sick and tired of their idolatrous nature (serving and worshipping false gods). They were trying to serve two Gods. They were serving Baal and attempting to serve God. He sent Elijah to stand before Ahab and his crew.

But on the way to face Ahab and his false prophets, he ran into Obadiah who also was also a strong believer in the Lord (1 Kings 18:2-6). Elijah told Obadiah that he wanted him to go tell King Ahab that he wanted to confront him and to put his false god to test against the one and only true living God which is Jehovah Yahweh.

Obadiah pled with Elijah to excuse him from the dangerous task (1 Kings 18:13-16). He informed Elijah that he had already risked his life enough by saving the prophets from Jezebel’s bloody purge. Pleading with all his heart, he told Elijah that if he reported the prophet’s whereabouts to Ahab then failed to produce him, it would mean certain death for him (Obadiah).

Elijah assured Obadiah by swearing an oath that he would remain there to confront King Ahab that very day (1 Kings 18:15). Being assured, Obadiah carried the challenge to Ahab and the king accepted the challenge. He immediately went to confront Elijah, the LORD’s prophet (1 Kings 18:16).

Because of Elijah’s relationship with God, He was able to stand against Ahab and his false prophets.

This confrontation took place at Mount Carmel. Elijah’s confrontation with Ahab paints a clear picture of judgment due to sin (1 Kings 18:18-20).

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