What we, “The Church,” have just experienced, by being unable to meet together, could be called an Elijah moment, because we were not physically standing in the gap together for our sinful world. During the time of Elijah, Israel was full of idolatry and being ruled by Ahab and Jezebel, who were wicked in the eyes of the Lord. Elijah was sent by God to stay near the brook Cherith for three and a half years, during that time he prophesied that the heavens would be closed up without rain, thus causing a horrible drought. Elijah was in hiding, as well as the other prophets of that time, and unseen by anyone, so he and the prophets were unable to bless them with their presence, or give them hope. Has the cry about the coronavirus been a trial for the churches, or a way to bring about change in our sinful world? When we come out of hiding, like Elijah, will eyes be opened, like the prophets of Baal, when their fake gods didn’t answer their call to burn their sacrifice? My prayer is that something significant happens on Pentecost to show the world that God is the only God, like what happened when God burned up the water saturated sacrifice that Elijah presented. Israel saw what God had done, and fell to their knees; we can only hope that this happens around the world on Pentecost.
Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, “The LORD, he is God; the LORD, he is God.” 1 Kings 18:38-39
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