Monday 6th May 2019 Prayer Devotion
Scripture Reading:- 1 Kings 17:1-7
Topic:- The Man Elijah
Text:- 1 Kings 17:1
Elijah had obscure beginning, he suddenly appeared on the scene. We are told little about him. Much like Melchizedek, nothing was mentioned about his parentage, his ancestry, training or early life. He is simply called “The Tishbite who was of the settlers of Gilead”. In other words, he was not on Isreal’s “who is who” list. He was known as a Prophet with every little emphasis on his background.
Elijah in the Hebrew language is “Eliyahu” that means “My God is Yahweh”. Elijah’s name was given to him perhaps by a godly parent. We can see how the sovereign Providence of God is often at work in the historical circumstances of our lives. “My God is Yahweh”. In other words, my God is Yahweh, not Baal.
The Prophet’s name, therefore, declared something of who he was. It was a standing declaration of his faith in that it demonstrated his protest against Baalism, his allegiance to God, and the key issue of the day as it is today ……. Who or what is our God?
“Tisbbe” means “Captivity”. It certainly is a derivative of Shahah, meaning “to take captive”. If Tishbe is a town, then he was born in Tishbe, but became an inhabitant of Gilead, perhaps by choice, we are not told why, but since “the settlers of Gilead” really means “the sojourners of Gilead”, it may declare something about Elijah’s character and relationship to God.
The name Gilead means “a rocky region”, and refer to a mountainous area of east of the Jordan that is completely uninhabited. The people of the rocky hill country of Gilead were rough, tough, rugged and perhaps somewhat solemn and stern.
They dwelt close to God’s creation in crude village as shepherds rather than in the lavish surroundings of the Palace. The people of Gilead were hardened and disciplined by the weather and walking over the mountainous terrain. They possessed great physical strength, and such a life also gave them character. It was an area well adapted for spending time alone with God.
The phrase is certainly suggestive of his lifestyle as a sojourner, as one whose focus was on the things of God. Elijah was a mountain man who walked with God.
1. I separate myself from any evil attachment to my name by fire by thunder in the name of Jesus Christ.
2. I command all inherited problems be removed by the power in the blood of Jesus Christ.
3. Though I came from nowhere, oh Lord God, make me somebody in life, in the name of Jesus Christ.
4. Oh Lord God, let Your grace move me from grass to greatness, in the name of Jesus Christ.
5. I will be greater than my parents, in the name of Jesus Christ.
Beloved! T.A.C.N. Ijebu Ode Area has started a 40day of Prayer and Fasting on Sunday 5th May 2019, and will be over on 13th June, 2019.
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Have A Glorious Monday!