THE GOD OF ELIJAH

Saturday 12th December – Saturday of the 2nd week of Advent

Reflection: Sirach 48:1-4, 9-12

THE GOD OF ELIJAH

Elijah was one of the greatest prophets in Israel and his life and works remain a source of inspiration to many. Worthy of note was the deep relationship he had with God. Elijah was no ‘mere’ man before the eyes of God or His angels, let alone human beings. Popularly called the “prophet of fire”, He demonstrated God’s power in no small measure. For three-and-half years, he locked up the economy of Israel by declaring that there would be no rain in a bid to call Israel back from idolatry to the living God.

Beloved, we must recognise that Elijah was great, not of his own making but because of the great Power behind him – The power of God. Therein lies an important lesson for us: When you have the divine backing in your daily life, whatever you do will definitely turn out to be a wonder. Do you like wonders? Sure you do. These sorts of things, beloved do not come by mere wishing. If you are really to make a lasting impact in your generation and for posterity, then you have to wake up from your slumber. Indeed, you and I have an assignment to fulfil here on earth. In order to live deliberately and meaningfully, we must be connected to God, living in intimacy with Him and being empowered by Him to carry out our purpose.

God is indeed searching for one whom he would use to declare His power this generation; He seeks for one who will surrender himself/herself to Him to be used by Him. Don’t say you are too weak or too young, for if God could speak through Balaam’s donkey, why not through you. So get ready today beloved, the world is waiting for you. Deepen your union with God so that your life will make an impact. That same God of Elijah is your God, and He is calling you today.

PRAYER: O God, I yield myself to you; please take me as I am and make me what you want me to become for your Kingdom sake. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 2582: Elijah is the ‘father’ of the prophets, ‘the generation of those who seek Him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob.’ Elijah’s name, ‘The Lord is my God,’ foretells the people’s cry in response to his prayer on Mount Carmel. St James refers to Elijah in order to encourage us to pray: “The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.”

HIDE A TREASURE: “…The prayer of righteous man has great power in its effects. Elijah was a man of like nature with ourselves and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth” James 5:16-17 RSV-CE

Readings for Today: Sirach 48:1-4, 9-12 Psalm 80: 2-3, 15-19; Matthew 17:10-13

THE POWER OF PRAYER

Tuesday, 14th January – Tuesday of week 1 of the year

Reflection: 1 Samuel 1:9-20

THE POWER OF PRAYER

Do not be anxious about anything. In everything, resort to prayer and supplication together with thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6). Prayer is the master key that stimulates Divine action. Prayer is a surge of the heart stimulated by Divine action. This constitutes the Paradox of Prayer

 Prayer is a gift of God to us. Our prayer of petition is a response to the plea of the living God (John 4:10; Jeremiah2:13). Thus, realizing this gift of God, we should pray “out of the depths” of a humble and contrite heart. Humility is the foundation of prayers for God opposes the proud. Prayer is a communion; it is a living relationship of the children of God with their Father. It is communication between God and His children. Let us approach His presence in prayers with reverence.

With humility and reverence Hannah approached God in prayers, with distress of heart she poured out her soul before the Lord, yet with faith in God. Dear Friends, like Hannah, we are enjoined to take all our burdens and troubles of mind to God in prayers and give the situation report. We have affirmed that God is our Father, the one who cares for us and who can do all things. So, let us approach Him in prayers and stop bearing unnecessary burdens around. The Lord says,” Come to me, all you who work hard and who carry heavy burdens and I will give you rest” (Matthew11:28). This is a command, “COME”.

 Christ is calling us to use His gift (Prayers) to access the numerous gifts God has provided for our comfort. Remember, those who find time to kneel before God in prayers will forever stand firm before men.

TALK TO YOUR FRIEND: Lord give me the grace that in every circumstance of life, I may always find my peace in you. Amen

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 2567 – The universal call to prayer

God calls man first. Man may forget his creator or hide his face; he may run after idols or accuse the deity of having abandoned him; yet the living and true God tirelessly calls each person to that mysterious encounter known as prayer. In prayer, the faithful God’s initiative of love always comes first; our own first step is a response. As God gradually reveals himself and reveals man to himself, prayer appears as a reciprocal call, a covenant drama. Through words and actions, this drama engages the heart. It unfolds throughout the whole history of salvation.

HIDE A TREASURE: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you” Luke 11:9-10 CCB

Readings for today: 1 Samuel 1:9-20; 1 Samuel 2:1, 4-8; Mark 1: 21-28