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What Does God Say When People Pray? (Part 1)

July 29

What Does God Say When People Pray? (Part 1)

I Kings 18:21

In I Kings 18, we encounter a group of the children of Israel who drifted away from a vital relationship with God. Their relationship was, well—convenient, but it wasn’t genuine.

While they were in the wilderness, they depended upon God for guidance and sustenance. Yahweh was their provider. Without the Manna God gave, they would die. Have you ever noticed how hard times cause us to depend upon God?

But when they reached Canaan, they encountered a new lifestyle, and a new god. Baal was the Canaanite’s fertility god. The locals taught them that if they worshiped Baal, they would have fertile wives, fertile herds, and fertile crops. The last two, fertile herds and crops, were essential for immediate survival, the first one, fertile wives, was essential for long term survival. In the ancient near east, offspring was essential for financial security for old age. The children “honored” their father and mother by providing foo…