31 Days of Prayer: Day Five – Why ‘prayer’ is not powerful

EngagedBut there was no voice, and no one answered.” (1 Kings 18:26)

Come back with me to Mount Carmel, to a critical moment in Israel’s history. The people of God have succumbed to leaders who encourage them to abandon God’s commandments and follow the false god, Baal. In 1 Kings 18, Elijah the prophet confronts the people with a clear choice: ““How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.”

To help them make their choice, Elijah proposes a contest between Yahweh, the God of Israel, and Baal. The contest seems to be completely stacked against Yahweh and Elijah – Baal has 450 prophets; Yahweh has one. What’s more, Baal was often seen as the god of fire, and this contest is going to be all about fire. Continue reading