Fire Asking

Fire Asking

"The god who answers by fire, he is God." 1 Kings 18:24

If you want fire, you need to ask for it. God loves to come where He is invited. He loves to manifest the reality of His flaming presence when we ask Him. The prophet Elijah lowered the tip of his sword and drew a line in the sand as he defined a universal Kingdom principle -- a principle not only for the believers of his day, but for your church as well.

God was the God who answered by fire in Elijah’s day, and He is just as much the God who answers by fire in our day. The prophet Elijah proceeded to pray a remarkably simple prayer. It’s a prayer for the ages. It’s a prayer that doesn’t so much seek the manifestations as the manifest presence. Elijah not only asked for God’s presence; he received it.

Perhaps the most shocking part of his prayer is that Elijah never specifically asked for fire. With everything riding on the outcome of his prayer, you might expect him to pray for fire explicitly, but he never did—not for literal fire. What he requested was the manifest presence of God.

Courageously pray Elijah’s prayer today. It’s time for fire asking and fire receiving

LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel and that I am your servant and that I have done all these things at Your word. Answer me, O LORD, answer me, that this people may know that You, O LORD, are God and that you have turned their hearts back. 1 Kings 18:36-37

This daily Christ-encountering, fire-starter is not intended to replace your daily Bible reading and prayer time, but rather to motivate you to spend extended time in His presence.
© Fred A. Hartley, III  
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Unless otherwise indicated, the English Standard Bible (ESV) is used.
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