Altars: Part 3
(James 5:17-18) – Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.
(1 Kings 18:36-37) - At the time for offering the evening sacrifice, the prophet Elijah approached the altar and said, 'Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, today let it be known that you are God in Israel and I am your servant, and that at your word I have done all these things. Answer me, Lord! Answer me so that this people will know that you, the Lord, are God and that you have turned their hearts back.'”
Anchors of powerful prayers:
· God is ______________.
· Our relationship with God is ____________.
· It get’s the attention of _______.
1 King 18:1-39 NIV
It’s Time to Provoke the Altars
1. Altars are triggered by
sacrifices. Genesis 22:6-13 (Isaac knew this..)
6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”[a] caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.
2. The sacrifices of prayer and praise released
Paul and Silas from prison. Acts 16:25-26
25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.
3. It’s time to pray bold
prayers. 1 King 18:36-37
36 At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. 37 Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”
4. It’s time to do something that will
cause people to fall on their faces. 1 King 18:39
39 When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The Lord—he is God! The Lord—he is God!”