Duane Vander Klok
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8
Elijah was one of the greatest prophets in the Old Testament. Not only does he pray and stop it from raining for three years, but he also defeats 450 prophets of Ba’al and 400 prophets of Asherah in a supernatural show of God’s power and presence. But even he had hang-ups, doubts, fears, and insecurities. James describes him this way, “Elijah was a human being, even as we are…” (James 5:17).
Sometimes, when we look at the people in the Bible we view them as super-powered saints. Yet even after hearing God and seeing His promises come to pass, Elijah still runs away from Jezebel in fear of his life. He forgets about God and His promises.
The devil tries to tell you day after day that you can’t hear from God, that He doesn’t love you, and that you are all alone. These were the lies that Elijah also heard when he learned of Jezebel’s plot against him.
Here’s the truth: God does speak. God does move. We are never alone because God is always with us. Before ascending to Heaven, Jesus told His disciples, “…Behold, I am with you always, to the very end of the age,” (Matthew 28:20). This promise still holds true today.
Not only does God love us, but He also considers each one of us children of royalty. Paul describes it this way, saying, “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith,” (Galatians 3:26), and then again, “So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir,” (Galatians 4:7).
When God speaks and moves in our lives, we cannot just sit back and passively wait for something to happen. If we truly want to grab ahold and receive the promises of God, we are going to have to pray without ceasing. We are going to have to boldly stand, believe, and resist the lies of the Enemy.
This week, let’s boldly ask for God to speak into our lives, seek His presence in prayer and worship, and knock at the doors of opportunity that He provides for us every day.