Now that we are half way through our time of prayer and fasting, my hope is that your sensitivity to the voice of God is heightened. As you move away from the natural, the spirit man seems to come to life and your awareness of God’s presence is greater. The result of this closeness is clearer direction in the areas of your life you are seeking God for His wisdom.
I want to share a story with you from 1 Kings 17:
1 Now Elijah, who was from Tishbe in Gilead, told King Ahab, “As surely as the Lord, the God of Israel, lives—the God I serve—there will be no dew or rain during the next few years until I give the word!”
The prophet Elijah has just confronted a wicked, Baal-worshiping king and declared that the God of Israel would withhold rain and dew from the land for a few years – ultimately causing famine in the land. What happens next is what I love about this story. God gives Elijah instructions to “Go”.
2 Then the Lord said to Elijah, 3 “Go to the east and hide by Kerith Brook, near where it enters the Jordan River. 4 Drink from the brook and eat what the ravens bring you, for I have commanded them to bring you food.” 5 So Elijah did as the Lord told him and camped beside Kerith Brook, east of the Jordan. 6 The ravens brought him bread and meat each morning and evening, and he drank from the brook. 7 But after a while the brook dried up, for there was no rainfall anywhere in the land.
For each of us, our purpose in this time of prayer and fasting may be different than the purpose of those alongside us, but our process remains the same. Draw near to God and wait for His instruction. At this point in the story, Elijah has received instruction but has to decide to take the steps toward Kerith Brook before the provision arrives. You see the provision is “there” not “here”. When I doubt, Josh is always quick to remind me that Grace Unfolds with each step we take in obedience and so it is with the prophet Elisha. When he arrives “there” the provision is waiting for him.
As you continue reading, God commands him again to “Go”. And if the avenue of provision was not shocking enough the first time (ravens were considered unclean animals according the law), this time God directs him to the home of a widow for provision. When he arrives “there” both Elijah and the widow are required to take a step of faith. You see the drought has now affected the land and food is scarce. When the widow arrives on the scene of this story, she is collecting wood to prepare the last meal she and her son will ever eat before they ultimately starve to death. And Elijah tells her to prepare food for him first!
8 Then the Lord said to Elijah, 9 “Go and live in the village of Zarephath, near the city of Sidon. I have instructed a widow there to feed you.”10 So he went to Zarephath. As he arrived at the gates of the village, he saw a widow gathering sticks, and he asked her, “Would you please bring me a little water in a cup?” 11 As she was going to get it, he called to her, “Bring me a bite of bread, too.” 12 But she said, “I swear by the Lord your God that I don’t have a single piece of bread in the house. And I have only a handful of flour left in the jar and a little cooking oil in the bottom of the jug. I was just gathering a few sticks to cook this last meal, and then my son and I will die.” 13 But Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid! Go ahead and do just what you’ve said, but make a little bread for me first. Then use what’s left to prepare a meal for yourself and your son. 14 For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: There will always be flour and olive oil left in your containers until the time when the Lord sends rain and the crops grow again!”
As a parent, I cannot imagine being forced to choose between feeding a stranger and feeding my only child. But the widow does something courageous. She chooses to trust the supernatural provision “there” over the natural provision of “here”. It was a hail marry of sorts, but verses 15 and 16 are what I want to leave you with today:
15 So she did as Elijah said, and she and Elijah and her family continued to eat for many days. 16 There was always enough flour and olive oil left in the containers, just as the Lord had promised through Elijah.
Friend, God is not lacking. Provision has been made for you through Christ in every area of your life. The activation of the miracle is always in our willingness to “acknowledge Him in all our ways.” Take the first step today. I cannot wait to hear the stories of your mountains being moved!