Daily Devotion and Prayer for February 13th, 2024

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The Prophet Elijah Arises Elijah the Tishbite from Tishbe of Gilead said to Ahab, “?As Yahweh lives?, the God of Israel before whom I stand, there shall surely not be dew nor rain these years ?except by my command?.” Then the word of Yahweh came to him, saying, “Go from this place and turn to the east; you must hide yourself in the Wadi Kerith ?which faces the Jordan…

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

     Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my pleas for mercy!

     In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness! 

     Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan,

     and he hears my voice. 

     Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you;

     He will never permit the righteous to be moved. 

Psalm 95:1-7a

1  Oh come, let us sing to the LORD;

let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! 

2  Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;

let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! 

3  For the LORD is a great God,

and a great King above all gods. 

4  In his hand are the depths of the earth;

the heights of the mountains are his also. 

5  The sea is his, for he made it,

and his hands formed the dry land. 

6  Oh come, let us worship and bow down;

let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker! 

7  For he is our God,

and we are the people of his pasture,

Reading for Tuesday February 13th     1 Kings 17:1-18:15

The Prophet Elijah Arises

17 Elijah the Tishbite from Tishbe of Gilead said to Ahab, “?As Yahweh lives?, the God of Israel before whom I stand, there shall surely not be dew nor rain these years ?except by my command?.” Then the word of Yahweh came to him, saying, “Go from this place and turn to the east; you must hide yourself in the Wadi Kerith ?which faces the Jordan?. It shall be that you shall drink from the wadi, and I have commanded the crows to sustain you there.” So he went and did according to the word of Yahweh. He went and stayed in the Wadi Kerith ?which faces the Jordan?. The crows were bringing bread and meat in the morning for him and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the wadi. It happened ?after a while? that the wadi dried up, because there was no rain in the land.

Then the word of Yahweh came to him, saying, “Get up and go to Zarephath which belongs to Sidon and stay there. Look, I have commanded a woman there, a widow, to sustain you.” 10 So he arose and went to Zarephath and came to the gate of the city. There was a widow woman gathering wood, so he called to her, and he said, “Please bring a little water for me in a vessel so that I can drink.” 11 She went to fetch it, and he called to her and said, “Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” 12 She said, “?As Yahweh your God lives?, surely I do not have a cake, ?but only a handful of flour? in the jar and a little olive oil in the jug. Here I am gathering a few pieces of wood, and I will go and prepare it for me and my son, that we might eat it and die.” 13 Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go and do according to your word; only make for me a small bread cake from it first, and bring it out to me. Make it for yourself and for your son afterward. 14 For thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel: ‘The jar of flour will not be emptied and the jug of olive oil will not run out until the day Yahweh gives rain on the surface of the earth.’ ” 15 So she went and did according to the word of Elijah; then both she and he ate with her household for many days. 16 The jar of flour was not emptied and the jug of olive oil did not run out, according to the word of Yahweh which he spoke by the hand of Elijah.

17 It happened after these things that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, became ill; and his illness was very severe until there was no breath left in him. 18 She said to Elijah, “?What do you have against me?, O man of God, that you have come to me to make known my guilt and to cause my son to die?” 19 Then he said to her, “Give me your son.” He took him from her lap and carried him up to the upper room where he was staying, and he laid him on his bed. 20 Then he called to Yahweh and said, “O Yahweh my God, are you also causing evil to come upon the widow with whom I am dwelling as an alien by causing her son to die?” 21 He stretched himself out on the child three times and called to Yahweh and said, “O Yahweh my God, please let the life of this child return within him.” 22 Yahweh listened to the voice of Elijah, and the life of the child returned within him, and he lived. 23 Elijah then took the child and brought him down from the upper room to the house and gave him to his mother. Elijah said, “Look, your son is alive.” 24 Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now this I know, that you are a man of God and the word of Yahweh in your mouth is truth.”

War between Elijah and the Prophets of Baal

18 It happened many days later that the word of Yahweh came to Elijah in the third year, saying, “Go, present yourself to Ahab so that I may give rain on the surface of the earth.” So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab. Now the famine was severe in Samaria. Ahab summoned Obadiah who was over the house. (Now Obadiah was fearing Yahweh greatly. It had happened that when Jezebel killed the prophets of Yahweh, Obadiah took a hundred prophets and hid them ?by fifties? in the cave and sustained them with food and water.) Ahab said to Obadiah, “Go through the land to all the springs of water and to all the wadis. Perhaps we may find green grass that we may keep horses and mules alive and that we might not lose any of the animals.” So they divided the land for themselves in order to pass through it; Ahab went one way by himself, and Obadiah went another way by himself.

It happened that Obadiah was on the way, and suddenly Elijah was there to meet him. When he recognized him, he fell on his face and said, “Is this you, my lord Elijah?” He said to him, “I am. Go, say to your lord, ‘Elijah is here.’ ” He said, “How have I sinned that you are giving your servant into the hand of Ahab to kill me? 10 ?As Yahweh your God lives?, surely there is not a nation or a kingdom to which my lord has not sent me to seek you. If they would say, ‘He is not here,’ then he would make the kingdom or the nation swear that it could not find you. 11 Now you are saying, ‘Go, say to your lord: “Elijah is here.” ’ 12 And it will happen that I will go from you and the Spirit of Yahweh will carry you up to where I do not know. Then I will come to tell Ahab, but he will not find you, and then he will kill me, even though your servant has feared Yahweh from my youth. 13 Has it not been told to my lord what I did when Jezebel killed the prophets of Yahweh? I hid a hundred men of the prophets of Yahweh ?by fifties? in the cave, and I sustained them with food and water. 14 Now you are saying, ‘Go, say to your lord: “Elijah is here,” ’ and he will kill me.” 15 Elijah said, “?As Yahweh of hosts lives?, before whom I stand, I will certainly show myself to him today.”

Lord’s Prayer

Daily Prayer

   Triune God, whose very name is holy, teach us to be faithful hearers and learners of Your Word, fervent in the Spirit as Apollos was, that we may teach it correctly against those who have been led astray into falsehood and error and that we might follow the example of Aquila and Priscilla for the good of the Church You established here and entrusted into our humble care; for You, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, live and reign one God, now and forever.

Concluding Prayer

    Heavenly Father, send Your Holy Spirit into our hearts to direct and rule us according to Your will, to comfort us in all our afflictions, to defend us from all error, and to lead us into all truth; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.