Day Four

Thursday: Sacrifice: Learning to Bow Low So We Can Touch The Sky

At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “Lord, the 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. (1 Kings 18:36)

Elijah stood in front of 400 prophets of Baal who had worked themselves into a frenzy, cutting themselves, chanting and screaming out to their god to send fire from heaven. Elijah himself had challenged them to this showdown, saying that the god who answers and sends fire from heaven onto the sacrifice, he must be the one true God. Please note that in this highly charged atmosphere, Elijah doesn’t pull some highly eloquent prayer out of his pocket, he doesn’t feel the need to quote hundreds of scriptures or pray for a long time. He simply makes his request, stands back and let’s God do the rest. How could he do this? Elijah didn’t have to pray a long prayer here because his very life had become a prayer. He stepped out at the ‘time of sacrifice’, with his very life having become ‘a living sacrifice’ (see Romans 12:1). This is the place of great anointing, this is the place of the miraculous. As we empty ourselves and go deep and low with God he fills us and we begin to stand back and watch in awe as he causes fire to fall. What is God asking you to surrender to him this year? Will you step out as a ‘living sacrifice’ in the ‘time of sacrifice’ and see God do wonders in your life like never before?

Joe Gisbey