January 9 - 13
Fire! The account of Elijah on Mt. Carmel is one of the most pivotal in the history of Israel.
Monday—Read: 1 Kings 18:1-19 Think: Never miss that it was God who decided the drought had lasted long enough. Why do you think Obadiah was to be the middle-man messenger? Have you ever been the one in the middle with no good options? Pray: Ask the Lord to end the drought – the spiritual drought – over our people.
Tuesday—Read: 1 Kings 18:20-25 Think: Elijah’s question is as pressing today as it was then; ‘How long will you go limping between two different opinions?’ What two opinions do you see prevalent in the world around you? Pray: Ask the Lord to show you people who are ‘limping’ and for you to have the right words to challenge or comfort them.
Wednesday—Read: 1 Kings 18:26-29 Think: Are you comfortable with Elijah mocking the prophets of Baal and their god? It doesn’t seem very sensitive to today’s ears, but is there some value to mocking false spirituality? Pray: For someone you know enslaved to false gods and fake spirituality.
Thursday—Read: 1 Kings 18:30-40 Think: Analyze Elijah’s prayer in v 36-37. What stands out to you about it? Pray: Ask the Lord to send the fire and turn people’s hearts back to him, starting with yours.
Friday–Read: 1 Kings 18:41-46 Think: The rain came, but not immediately. What reasons perhaps did God have for making Elijah (and Israel) wait?
Pray: Elijah prayed seven times – ask the Lord for something today that you’ve asked for before, then do it seven times. Spend time afterward listening for an answer.
January 16 - 20
Inexplicably, Elijah runs away following the great victory against the prophets of Baal. This week we will examine his journey.
]Monday—Read: 1 Kings 19:1-3 Think: Why was Jezebel so angry? Why was Elijah so afraid? Have ever you ever felt that threatened? What did you do? Pray: For people all over the world who are threatened by truly tyrannical and oppressive despots.
Tuesday—Read: 1 Kings 19:4-8 Think: This is the depth of Elijah’s depression. How can rest and nourishment help us when we are emotionally depleted? Pray: For someone you know who is ‘beat down’ by life.
Wednesday—Read: 1 Kings 19:9 Think: The Lord asks Elijah twice (also in v.13) what he is doing there. What is the answer? If God were to ask you a similar question right now, what would the answer be? Pray: Ask the Lord for insight into your purpose right now where you are.
Thursday—Read: 1 Kings 19:10-14 Think: How do you understand the places where God was not heard and then where he was? Pray: Be still and listen for God’s whisper.
Friday–Read: 1 Kings 19:15-18 Think: What does God tell Elijah to do? Why? Pray: For wisdom to know how to proceed out of depression and fear.