THE SERVANT GENERAL
STUMBLING BLOCKS - 6
1 Kings 19:9-13
Today we have one of the more basic stumbling blocks for holy
warriors, and that is inadequate prayer. We are supposed to
pray every day. Do we do so? Or perhaps we might do so, but
is our prayer adequate enough and pleasing to God?
can become lost in the hustle and bustle of daily life and
even spiritual work. We are to see and seek God in all circumstances,
but we best meet Him in the solitude of our hearts. For Elijah
the prophet, the Lord was not in the “strong and violent
wind rending the mountains and crushing rocks …. not
in the earthquake …. not in the fire” (1 Kgs 19:11-12a).
Because of the majesty of God, we look to theophanies. But
we can best hear Him in “a light silent sound.”
(1 Kgs 19:12b).
himself prayed to the Father. He knew the importance of doing
so. After ministering to the crowds and even as he was tired,
“he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When
it was evening he was there alone.” (Mt 14:23). Alone
with the Father. In the silence of the night. Undisturbed
by the burden of ministering to the crowds.
is by prayer that our faith increases, as we speak to God
and He speaks to us, as He assures us of His love, as He makes
clear what is our task. We have seen that with faith we can
do humanly impossible tasks. Peter “began to walk on
the water” (Mt 14:29b). But then, seeing how strong
the wind was, he faltered, became frightened and began to
sink (Mt 14:30). Jesus rebuked him. “O you of little
faith, why did you doubt?” (Mt 14:31b). It is in prayer
that God can erase our doubts. It is in prayer that holy warriors
can truly recognize their Commander-in-Chief. “Truly,
you are the Son of God.” (Mt 14:33b).
is in prayer that God opens our eyes to the glories and wonders
of our faith. We are the new Israel. What did God do for the
Israelites that we now are recipients of? “They are
Israelites; theirs the adoption, the glory, the covenants,
the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; theirs
the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, is
the Messiah.” (Rom 9:4-5a). We have them all!
is through prayer that we enter into the mind and heart of
God, as we listen intently to Him. “I will listen for
what God, the Lord, has to say” (Ps 85:9a). Then we
will truly know and realize why He raises His holy warriors.
We wage war in order to bring God’s peace, as “surely
he will speak of peace to his people and to his faithful.”
(Ps 85:9b). We wage war in order to help bring salvation to
His people, who have been enslaved by the evil one. “Near
indeed is his salvation for those who fear him” (Ps
85:10a). We wage war in order to establish God’s dominion
over the whole world. In prayer we are assured that “glory
will dwell in our land.” (Ps 85:10b). We wage war in
order to demolish the rule of the enemy, to overturn the idolatry
of the zeitgeist, and to bring back authentic values of the
Kingdom, that of “love and truth” and of “justice
and peace” (Ps 85:11).
prayer, God will ask us the question He asked of Elijah: “Why
are you here, Elijah?” (1 Kgs 19:13b). And in prayer,
may holy warriors be able to answer well: “I have been
most zealous for the Lord” (1 Kgs 19:14a). Then may
our God say to us, “Then go forth, my holy warrior.”
discussion in household groups:
Share about your prayer time. Just go quickly on the basic
details, such as place and length of time. Focus more on whether
God truly speaks to you, to your heart and mind. Does your
prayer time increase your faith? Is God able to teach you
things, especially the values of the Kingdom? Are you encouraged
to go forth as a holy warrior to do His will?