A Prayer for Revival

“The Lord heard Elijah’s prayer, and the life of the child returned, and he revived!” 1 Kings 17:22

This is a great story. There was a certain widow living in the village of Zarephath, where God had sent Elijah to live. Elijah found the widow gathering sticks and asked her for a cup of water and some bread. But, the widow replied that she had no bread and only enough flour and oil for one last meal for herself and her son.

Elijah told the widow not to be afraid, and asked her to do as she had planned but to make some bread for him first, for God promised that she would have provision until the famine passed. The woman did as Elijah said, and there was food for all of them for many days!

Some time later, the widow’s son became ill and died. The widow was so terribly upset that she picked up her son and took him to Elijah, blaming him for her son’s death. But, Elijah was a humble servant of God. He took the boy to his room upstairs in the widow’s home.

1 Kings 17:21-24 tells us what happened next, “And he stretched himself out over the child three times and cried out to the Lord, ‘O Lord my God, please let this child’s life return to him.’ The Lord heard Elijah’s prayer, and the life of the child returned, and he revived! Then Elijah brought him down from the upper room and gave him to his mother. ‘Look!’ he said. ‘Your son is alive!’

Then the woman told Elijah, ‘Now I know for sure that you are a man of God, and that the Lord truly speaks through you.’”

Sometimes as Christians we live as though we were dead. Yet, God is alive and well--waiting for us to get to work for Him--to reap a harvest of eternal proportions!!

Yesterday, we had a family of Jehovah's Witnesses come to our neighborhood and knock on every door. When was the last time you knocked on someone's door to share Christ? Let us pray for God to revive our hearts for His glory.

And, may you have the best week you've ever had in your life.


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