FRIDAY, JANUARY 26
Scripture: 1 Kings 18:25-30, 36-38
1 Kings 18:26-27 says, “So they took the bull which was given them, and they prepared it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even till noon saying, ‘O Baal, hear us!’ But there was no voice, no one answered. Then they leaped about the altar which they had made. And so it was, at noon, that Elijah mocked them and said, ‘Cry aloud, for he is a God, either he is meditating, or he is busy, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is sleeping and must be awakened.’” What an intense confrontation with the prophets of Baal! We need to have an intimate relationship with the Lord full of confidence in His voice and His ways to enter a ‘war’ like this. We have to know that we hear God if we are going to pray judicial prayers victoriously. We have to hear His voice and then be completely willing to step out and do as He directs. 1 Kings 18:36-37 says, “And it came to pass, at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near and said, ‘Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel and I am Your servant, that I have done all these things at Your word. Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again.” It is obvious that the judicial anointing comes to save. What we are after is asking God for the minimum amount of judgment for the greatest amount of salvation. If that is our primary motivation then He will keep us safe.