Daily Devotional for Thursday May 1, 2003
Today is the day that we celebrate the National Day of Prayer
( 1 Kings 18:16-39, Isaiah 42:8 )
Today is the day that we celebrate the National Day of Prayer. For the child of God, EVERY day should be a day of prayer. We don't need the Federal government to give us a special day, to do what we should be doing already. My biggest concern with the National Day of Prayer is that God is forced to share the stage with all of the false gods of the world. I am sorry, but I find that not only offensive, but the God of the Bible will not share His GLORY with anyone! There is only ONE GOD, the God of the Bible. This reminds me of Elijah's challenge to the people of his day to CHOOSE WHO YOU WILL SERVE!
At the time this Biblical account is happening, there is a famine in the land. People were starving, looking everywhere for food. It is my opinion that we have a famine in our land today, only it is a spiritual famine. People are starving for the truth, and looking everywhere for answers to deal with day to day life. During Elijah's time, God's people were being blamed for many of the problems the people of that day were facing, much like in our society Christians are fair targets for every kind of criticism. In this politically correct time, it seems the only group you can get away with publicly condemning are those who profess Jesus Christ as their savior. The truth is, in Elijah's day, and in the age we live, it is God's people that keep society from completely melting down. We are the spiritual glue that holds society together. We would be living in total chaos without people who loved and served the Lord.
Just as Elijah challenged the people to choose which God they would serve, we have that same decision to make today. The choice in this passage of the Bible was between the false prophets of Baal and the God of Israel. Our decision today is the same. We can choose to serve the false prophets and gods of this world or the Son of the living God, Jesus Christ. Let me warn you, this is not a game, it is a real life decision that determines where we spend eternity. The sacrifice is not a bull, but our very lives.
The false prophets of this world claim they have the answers. They have the answers in the psychic hotlines. They have the answers in alcohol and drugs. They have the answers in money and material possessions. They have the answers in illicit sex with many partners. They have the answers in empty rituals, in idols. The only problem is, when you need them...there is no response. In times of trouble, these false prophets of this world are nowhere to be found.
Jesus Christ claims to be the way, the truth, and the life. He claims to be God. JESUS PROVED HIS CLAIMS. THEY WERE VALIDATED BY GOD ALMIGHTY WHEN HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD ON THAT GLORIOUS SUNDAY MORNING!!!! When He rose from the dead, all He said and taught was validated. He promised never to leave us or forsake us, and that promise was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost when He sent the Holy Spirit to indwell and empower believers. Millions of lives in the last 2,000 years have been transformed through a personal faith in Christ. Jesus is alive today and at the right hand of God, interceding for those who believe in Him!
I love you and care about you so much. Elijah challenged the people to "choose today who is going to be the God of your life and follow him." Jesus told us no man can serve two masters. There was only one winner that day on Mt. Carmel. The false prophets of Baal failed to produce their god, however the God of Elijah, the God of the Bible, answered by fire that day, and is still answering the prayers of His children. On this day that our nation celebrates prayer, we need to turn to the one true God, the GOD OF THE BIBLE. I will be praying today that you will make the only choice there is.....Jesus Christ...the Son of the living God!!!!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller