The message was brought by Rev. Rodger Castle.
I Kings 18: 26 And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made.
How sad that people can’t hear the voice of their god. My God can hear me and speak. Here the people were worshipping an idol named Baal. Elijah spoke the truth to them challenging to find out who God really was. Elijah knew his God was true. God had been tested before. Lucifer tried to best God and lost. Elijah told them to make an altar and the one that answered by fire would be worshipped.
Jesus Christ is the only door to heaven. The people of Baal began to moan and groan. From morning till noon they called on their god O Baal, hear us. Not a sound was uttered. Elijah began to make fun of them saying maybe he was asleep or on vacation. Our God never sleeps or takes a trip. He can talk to all of us at one time. They even began to cut themselves.
At evening, Elijah repaired the altar. There had been no rain for a long time, but Elijah asked for 12 barrels of water to be brought and poured on the altar. It was soaking wet. He prayed a 63 word prayer for God to come down. He did. He answered by fire. There is nothing God can’t do.
If God doesn’t seem to be answering your prayer, is there some small sin hindering your relationship with him? Sometimes we are concerned only about big things but it’s the small things that cause us trouble. When we pray we want to hear the voice of God and feel his presence. Do you not feel how you want to feel? You’re not saved by feelings, but you will feel his presence. Let him look into the crevices of your heart so you can hear his voice when he speaks.