An open letter to all:
Where Are the Elijah’s of God?
Leonard Ravenhill asked that question in 1959. Keith Green later asked the same question in the early 80’s before his untimely death.
So, where are the Elijah’s of God? Ravenhill said this, “We know Elijah was a man of like passions as we are, but alas! We are not men of like prayer as he was!”
Here’s the deal–one praying person is a complete majority with God. Ravenhill goes on to say, “God is bypassing men—not because they are too ignorant, but because they are too self-sufficient. “
It is prayer God wants, Holy Spirit, on fire prayer! There is no substitute, no alternative, and no other plan. And we need to up the ante on our prayers. Elijah prayed and darkness covered the land.
Last week the heat was at 99 degrees one day and 100 the next. I could only get the temperature down to 85 in our house; our air conditioner is failing and was set to be replaced. Many of you know that my wife has suffered horribly for months with a chronic coughing condition brought on by severe allergies, a condition with her larynx, and esophageal acid reflux. The heat was making it very difficult to stay in our house.
Annamae is a woman of prayer; she gives full definition to the word indefatigable. She will not be dissuaded in her prayers, no matter her physical condition. So, we prayed for God to give us a break in the weather. Just a few days later the weather broke and has stayed “cooler”. We woke up to 69-degree weather today and forecast of highs in the 80’s and lows in the 60’s for the next week. Annamae will return to Tulsa next week to cool weather and new air-conditioning.
We have seen great answers to prayer these last months. So much greater than the weather, but, oh, does the weather count. Monstrous, miraculous answers to prayer prayed for people hundreds of miles away and prayed for the people on our block. Why do answers like this surprise us? They shouldn’t.
Through the Holy Spirit we can be armed with the entire panoply of God to overcome the enemy. As Annamae and I learn to pray about all things, we are seeing these anomalies of answered prayer turn into weekly events. I have a goal to see great answers to prayer daily.
So where are the Elijah’s? They are anywhere a person lays down his partnership with God and allows Him to be Lord with complete ownership.