twenty-one/prayers • DAY 4

Elijah on Mount Carmel

16 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab and told him, and Ahab went to meet Elijah. 17 When he saw Elijah, he said to him, “Is that you, you troubler of Israel?”

18 “I have not made trouble for Israel,” Elijah replied. “But you and your father’s family have. You have abandoned the LORD’s commands and have followed the Baals. 19 Now summon the people from all over Israel to meet me on Mount Carmel. And bring the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.”

20 So Ahab sent word throughout all Israel and assembled the prophets on Mount Carmel. 21 Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”

But the people said nothing.

22 Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only one of the LORD’s prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets. 23 Get two bulls for us. Let them choose one for themselves, and let them cut it into pieces and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. 24 Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the LORD. The god who answers by fire—he is God.”

Then all the people said, “What you say is good.”

25 Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose one of the bulls and prepare it first, since there are so many of you. Call on the name of your god, but do not light the fire.” 26 So they took the bull given them and prepared it.

Then they called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. “O Baal, answer us!” they shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. And they danced around the altar they had made.

27 At noon Elijah began to taunt them. “Shout louder!” he said. “Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.” 28 So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed. 29 Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying until the time for the evening sacrifice. But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention.

30 Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come here to me.” They came to him, and he repaired the altar of the LORD, which was in ruins.31 Elijah took twelve stones, one for each of the tribes descended from Jacob, to whom the word of the LORD had come, saying, “Your name shall be Israel.” 32 With the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD, and he dug a trench around it large enough to hold two seahs[a] of seed. 33 He arranged the wood, cut the bull into pieces and laid it on the wood. Then he said to them, “Fill four large jars with water and pour it on the offering and on the wood.”

34 “Do it again,” he said, and they did it again.

“Do it a third time,” he ordered, and they did it the third time. 35 The water ran down around the altar and even filled the trench.

36 At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. 37 Answer me, O LORD, answer me, so these people will know that you, O LORD, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”

38 Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.

39 When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The LORD—he is God! The LORD—he is God!”

40 Then Elijah commanded them, “Seize the prophets of Baal. Don’t let anyone get away!” They seized them, and Elijah had them brought down to the Kishon Valley and slaughtered there.

41 And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.” 42 So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees.

43 “Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked.

“There is nothing there,” he said.

Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.”

44 The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.”

So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’”

45 Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain came on and Ahab rode off to Jezreel. 46 The power of the LORD came upon Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.   1 Kings 18 (NIV)


  • Erin

    This message was SO encouraging to me this morning! Even more than words can say. I felt like Kerry was looking right at me…and speaking to Me! Thank-you for taking the time for this blog, and the 21 days of prayers. I’m one little soul that’s watching and learning :)

  • michelle pope welch

    Leaving for NC to see my son off for his second tour of Afghanistan. Praying for the power of God to cover him! I know that our awesome God will overpower evil and show the world that HE is the one true God! Thank you pastor Kerry for reminding us that we have only to call upon His name and He will show His might and power through us!

  • Sasmith1971

    This brought tears to my eyes….had so many God things in my life recently….I’m so ordinary and God still has me in His radar and is caring for me and my family.  He’s extraordinary!  Love Him and Love our church and the Shooks….Love Chris and Kerry’s hearts!!!! Thank you!!!!!

  • Frank Ortiz

    Amazing prayer. God sure has a funny way of knowing what’s happening in my life and always sending people like the pastor to say His word and have it imprinted in my heart.

  • Kathy Herman

    These daily blogs are extremely helpful to me, Thanks,  Kathy Herman

  • Sdoffer

    These prayers are really encouraging me right now when I am at a low point in my faith. And I am reminded that God is waiting to met me even in the darkness and that through these trials He will be glorified.  Thank you, Kerry.

  • Rubi

    Thank you Kerry for doing the prayers, I really appreciate your time and effort. This is exactly what I need in my life.

  • Pattilis

    This is such an empowering word of encouragement!  It is not what we do but what God does through our life when we let Him reign in our life, surrendering to Him, being obedient to Him, being very attentive to His still, small, quiet voice, and being obedient, just as Elijah was, when God instructed him to confront the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel, being obedient and taking the risk, knowing He is with us, the going may not be easy, but it is in these most difficult times that He grows us and works through us, bringing us closer and closer to Him in His likeness.  Thank you for listening to the Holy Spirit, as God speaks to you and you lead us and encourage us as you do, I look forward to each day’s devotional, seeing momentum building each and every day, as I have experienced great empowerment through the Holy Spirit from each day’s reading, steadily increasing each day.  I am praying for both of you, Pastor Kerry and Chris, as you lead us knowing our extraordinary God is working through you in a mighty way!

  • Kellie

    Am really enjoying the daily prayers.  Thanks so much for doing this for us all.

  • Lani

    Thank you so much for teaching us these awesome prayers and i feel as though they’re already starting to change my life :) Today was just a day full of blessing! I got the guidance that i been asking God for and encouragement to pursue my dreams. My up-coming classes for paid for and i’m super excited! I met wonderful people today! it was just amazing! Thank you Lord!