Elijah and Our Story
The story of Elijah can be our story, stepping up in prayer. He prayed in faith and God answered. As time went on, the requests became bigger, trusting in a bigger God. As time went on Elijah prayed bigger prayers as God proved himself more than capable.
The first time we meet Elijah he prays that the rain stop to show the wicked powerful king Ahab that God is more powerful. We read in James: Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months.
The Lord then miraculously provides water and bread for Elijah. This is reminicent of the provision of the Istraelites in the desert. When that provision ceases, Elijah is provided for by a woman whose supply of flour and oil is never depleted. Recognizing that each day the Lord’s provision was a miracle, Elijah prayed a bigger prayer of faith that the widow’s son be restored to life. The Lord answered that request.
This progressive experience of faith prepared Elijah for the next experience to change his world. The final miracle we encounter is to challenge the prophets of Baal to produce fire from heaven. Elijah built his alter in a very public display. Elijah, eboldened by the experience that God answers prayer in smaller things, asked for something big—something that would change history.
The Lord asks us to do the same. Start out by asking the Lord for little things, but do not let up. In time we will be emboldened to ask God for big things, like, “Lord, use my skills, my time, my resources to make disciples of a nation.” Start with a small step. Sign up or login at MissionNext to see how you might participate in the Lord’s design for the nations with service criteria that meets your terms of engagement.
Nelson Malwitz, Founder
Nelson is the generic Evangelical baby-boomer. Born in 1946, raised in the C&MA and attended Urbana ’67 in college. He holds an MS degree in Chemical Engineering and worked in R&D positions in American industry for 33 years. Nelson is an inventor with formal training in methods of creative problem-solving. He was a founding elder at Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel, CT (1982) and served in many leadership capacities of what is now one of the largest Evangelical churches in New England. In 1998 Nelson founded the Finishers Project, now MissionNext, and serves in program development. Locally he attends a Torah study and is chairman of the sewer commission to serve among unchurched leaders.