THEME: THEN THE FIRE OF THE LORD FELL
TEXT: 1 Thessalonians 5:17, 1 Kings 18:30â€“41
â€œQuench not the Spirit.â€ (1 Thessalonians 5:19)
Many professed believers are deep asleep the enemy is feasting on them. Their prayer life is nothing to write home about and yet they complain about all the things God has not done for them. They canâ€™t come for vigils because they are weak and tired; they come to service late and enter restaurants and canteens before entering into the church and sleep off immediately pastor starts his message only to wake up at the point of closing. The truth still remains: You can never win the battle of life with such attitude; you cannot reach your goals or achieve set goals by remaining indifferent to wise counsel. You must stretch your endurance limit. There is no shortcut.
There are also those that make half-hearted and purposeless prayer. Little wonder, they see no answers. Follow Elijahâ€™s prayer. He repaired the altar of God. What about you? Have you repaired the altar of God that was broken in your life through genuine repentance? You must repair it today. Elijah gathered twelve stones and built an altar. The altar of God is now in your heart. All you have to do is to enthrone Him afresh in your life. Make sure there is nothing standing between you and God. Elijah made a trench as great as would contain two measures of seed. Do you pray without sowing seed? If your answer is yes, then you are not yet ready to receive answers. Elijah made a sacrifice on the altar he set up. Go to God in prayer: make your sacrifice.
Sing a few songs of praise/worship, thank God for yet another day and then take the following prayer points.
1. Any power working against my prayer life, in the name of Jesus I rebuke you. Any power of my fatherâ€™s house challenging my salvation; receive rebuke. Any power assigned to work against my faith and to minister doubts in my heart: be destroyed, in Jesus name. Let the power of complacency over my overall spiritual life die.
2. Holy Spirit of the living God, I ask for fresh spiritual empowerment. I ask for higher grace to live a holy and righteous life, to do the will of God and obey all His commandments. I enthrone you afresh. Be my Lord and personal Saviour, in Jesusâ€™ name.
AUTHOR: PASTOR LAZARUS MUOKA