Wednesday - Serve Through Prayer



Lesson Scriptures: 1 Kings 17:17-24

Key Lesson Theme: “Serve Through Prayer”


Today's Lesson: Wednesday, August 4


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1 Kings 17:19-21


19 But Elijah said to her, “Give me your son.” So he took him from her arms, brought him up to the upstairs room where he was staying, and laid him on his own bed.


20 Then he cried out to the Lord and said, “Lord my God, have you also brought tragedy on the widow I am staying with by killing her son?”


21 Then he stretched himself out over the boy three times. He cried out to the Lord and said, “Lord my God, please let this boy’s life come into him again!”



Commentary


Even though the woman confronted him, Elijah did not argue with the woman or attempt to explain things to her. Rather, he went into action; he intervened on her behalf to address her situation.


Elijah had been invited to stay in the widow’s house in a room located on the roof of her house, which provided for his privacy and guarded her reputation. Therefore, perhaps Elijah had become attached to the boy in a special way. Thus, he was, if not equally, at least similarly distressed along with the child’s mother at the child’s illness. Upon reaching his room, Elijah laid him (the child) upon his own (Elijah’s) bed. Nothing in the text suggests the woman followed him.


He cried unto the Lord. Cried denotes a loud sound, an appeal for help. His plea was directed to the Lord: O Lord my God. Hence, he affirmed his own relationship to the Lord as his God, setting the stage for the appeal he was about to make. Elijah’s request would be direct, specific, and personal. However before making his request, he raised a bold question that suggests Elijah may have been as puzzled by what had happened as the woman had been.


The restoration to life would not be because of Elijah’s personal power or by some quasi-magical act on his part, but through prayer to the Lord God who would prove He was indeed the source of life.


Elijah focused on serving the woman and her son by interceding to the Lord on their behalf. He did not allow the distress and accusations of the woman to discourage him. He did not permit his own questions to hinder him. Such is the vital faith of a person of God. It would have been easy to turn aside, walk away, give in to doubt. Elijah proved his faith and trusted in God to do what only He could do; that which would bring glory to His name and be a turning point for the woman.



What are some lasting truths from 1 Kings 17:19-21?


>The person of faith acts in ways that express the vitality of his or her faith.

>The person of faith moves forward even as he or she struggles with doubts or questions.

>The person of faith prays specifically, bringing his or her needs to the Lord.

>The person of faith seizes opportunities to intercede on behalf of others whose needs are great but whose faith is weak or nonexistent.



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