By David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]
Elijah had a showdown with the prophets of Baal at Mount Carmel, where an altar
was built. The test was: “The god who answers prayer today will be God!” Elijah
prayed that fire would fall down supernaturally on the sacrifice he laid on the
altar — and that is exactly what happened.
But before that happened, the prophets of Baal danced from morning till noon,
crying, begging, pleading with their god to answer. “But there was no voice,
nor any that answered” (1 Kings 18:26).
Elijah mocked those false prophets: “Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is
talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth,
and must be awaked” (verse 27). Elijah was saying, “Where is your god? Is he on
vacation? Is he sleeping? He must be out walking somewhere.”
We could make the same mockery of God if He did not answer when we cry. You
see, His honor is at stake when we pray, and He will not be mocked for not
answering. The Bible says of Him: “He will not suffer thy foot to be moved . .
. he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep” (Psalm 121:3-4). Our
God is awake at all times and He is attentive to our every need.
“They draw nigh that follow after mischief: they are far from thy law. Thou
art near, O LORD; and all thy commandments are truth” (Psalm 119:150-151).
The glorious truth in this passage can change your life, bringing you peace and
giving you rest beyond anything you have yet experienced. You see, once you
understand the truth of God’s constant nearness to you, that He loves you and
is continually near you, all fear and anxiety must go.