My affliction with cancer has deepened a thirst and hunger to be in the Holy Scriptures than I have ever experienced before. That catalyst probed an in-depth study of biblical prayers. And Elijah’s got an unforgettable one–a one-sentence, twelve-word prayer–“He stretched himself out on the boy three times [face to face] and cried to the Lord, ‘O Lord my God, let this boy’s life return to him!’ The Lord heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived.” ( I Kings 17:21-22) A “quickie ”cry, a “quickie” response. Now that’s an active, ambitious, animated, all-powerful, awe-full, AUDACIOUS prayer.
The riveting snag, the “three time” aerobic activity, puzzled me. But it seemed to be a symbolic act to suggest the Trinity’s action in this boy’s resurrection and echoed Isaiah’s outburst, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty!” ( 6:3) The Energizing Battery, the Holy Spirit; the Life-Giver, Christ; and the Almighty Creator ,God. Elijah had all the big guns firing at one time. Nothing could have kept that boy dead!
When God’s behavior seems strange to you, dare to join the aerobic prayer class, stretch with the aerobic instructor, and see God resurrect “dead” life all around you? Our challenge: be modern-day Elijahs, helping others resurrect faith–their faith in God–and verifying it by their action.
Got a problem? Get alone with God and talk it over with him and–AUDACIOUSLY stretch out face to face on it–then get up and watch God bring things to life!
Wanna be an AUDACIOUS modern-day Elijah with me? firstname.lastname@example.org