Fire Fall

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(Elijah) built an altar…arranged the wood and cut the ox in pieces…and said, ‘O Lord…let it be known that Thou art God’…Then the fire of the Lord fell” (1 Kings 18:32-33,36,38).

“Then David built an altar to the Lord there, and offered burnt offerings…and he called to the Lord and He answered him with fire from heaven” (1 Chronicles 21:26).

“Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord…and knelt on his knees…When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven” (2 Chronicles 6:12-13; 7:1).

Three separate incidents. Three separate individuals. One consistent fire. 

When the fire fell, situations changed. Instantly and supernaturally. Deceitful leaders were hushed (1 Kings 18:40). The death angel was halted (1 Chronicles 21:27). The nation broke into spontaneous revival praise (2 Chronicles 7:3). All just what we need today.

Many Christians I know have settled into the hopeless resignation that because we seem to be in the end times, there is nothing we can do but wait for the inevitable undoing of our society.

What if God is earnestly awaiting our fervent prayers for revival? What if our passivity and lack of expectancy toward revival is merely another one of satan’s deceitful traps?

Is there something we can do to see His fire ignite our land? I believe there are at least two prerequisites: a sacrifice and a prayer. 

The Prerequisite Sacrifice

Once I believe that the Father desires to awake me from passivity toward revival, I want to know what I can DO to make the necessary sacrifice to the Lord. Pray more? Read my Bible more? Serve in the community more?

But the New Testament makes it plain that these are no longer our requirements. No longer are we required to offer burnt offerings to the Lord. “Sacrifices….cannot make the worshiper perfect in conscience” (Hebrews 9:9) because Christ IS the sacrifice (Ephesians 5:2; Hebrews 10:12). God Himself has provided the Lamb for our offering (Genesis 22:8) and has Himself fulfilled the requirement of the Law within us (Romans 8:4). Indeed, “Christ our Passover has (already!) been sacrificed” (1 Corinthians 5:7).

Hallelujah! Then what do we do? Our offering is one of praise: the giving of our hearts to thank His Name (Hebrews 13:15). We worship the One Who sacrificed His desires in our stead (Hebrews 10:5-9) and we are made holy through His offering (Hebrews 10:10) by presenting ourselves to Him (Romans 12:1). Oh, may we, His people, continually look to Him in praise and thus fulfill this prerequisite.

The Prerequisite Prayer

We talk about prayer, sing about prayer and listen to sermons about prayer. Yet, think back. How many minutes did you honestly spend in prayer yesterday? 

For me, I’ve always been afraid of prayer. No amount of teaching seems to clarify the messiness I experience. I sit. I kneel. I pace. I mumble. I sing. I yell. I’m silent. Honestly, it’s quite a jumble. 

But the older I get, the more I’m convinced that within all of this mayhem is a true source of power. A praying life is one that evidences power perfected in weakness (2 Corinthians 10:9). We are given almost carte blanche in how we pray (“If you ask Me anything in My Name, I will do it” John 14:14). We are just encouraged to do it. “With all prayer and (all) petition, pray at all times in the Spirit…with all perseverance and (all) petition for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18). All manners. All methods. All messiness. Just pray. 

Jesus’ part is finished (John 19:30) and His offering has been made. The fire in heaven is kindled. Now let’s do our part. Let’s offer the prayer of the saints to which He will add the incense of His Spirit (Revelation 8:3-5). Let’s pray for His fire to fall and change our world. 

“Thank You Father for offering the acceptable sacrifice. Now, accept my prayer as I seek and worship You with all my heart.”