What The Ravens Bring

What The Ravens Bring

16 June 2009

Scripture: 1 Kings 17-19

Drink from the brook and eat what the ravens bring you, for I have commanded them to bring you food. (1 Kings 17:4 NLT)

What the ravens bring you. (1 Kings 17:2-6) “Drink from the brook and eat what the ravens bring you.” The ultimate in daily dependence on God. Even the manna in the wilderness showed up at daybreak and you could go pick it up. Elijah had to wait for the ravens to arrive. His provision was completely out of his control.

After a while the brook dried up. (1 Kings 17:7-9) There was a correlation between natural events and God’s provision. Like our provision during a recession? When the brook dried up, God didn’t bring water from a rock, he redirected Elijah to a new means of provision, just as supernatural but different in methodology.

No matter how much they used, there was always enough left. (1 Kings 17:14-16) This wasn’t like “Sixteen ounces of flour and a half cup of oil per day.” This was “Use what you need and there will still be more. Never much, always enough.” Not one big miracle but three and a half years (800 days) of little miracles!

Elijah cried out to the Lord. (1 Kings 17:20-22) He prayed passionately about things. He prayed during personal crisis, during tragic occurrences, when brooding over fulfillment of God’s word. He really prayed. I want to learn to pray spirit-directed prayers out of the life-flow of being a spirit-directed man.

Elijah rocks when he’s got the word of the Lord. (1 Kings 18) With all the ups and downs, the panic, the paranoia, the depression, when Elijah has the word and is acting on it, he rocks! I want the confidence when I’ve heard from God to just go with it.


16 The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results. 17 Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for the next three and a half years! 18 Then he prayed for rain, and down it poured. The grass turned green, and the crops began to grow again. (James 5:16-18 NLT)

Father, I want to be a man of prayer, not just the discipline of prayer, but a spirit-centered, spirit-directed person who prays as naturally as breathing, whose prayers are powerful and effective. By your grace and love. Amen.

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