Note: The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE) identifies seven works of Elijah. We will take our lead for the next few weeks from this series of works.
Sunday, July 3
I Kings 17:1 Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.”
Prayer: God, our Heavenly Father, we long to be renewed by your spirit as the rain renews the ground.
Thought for the day: In the desert all life forms prepare daily for the season when rain shall fall.
Monday, July 4
Leviticus 26:3,4 If, you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees of the field their fruit.
Prayer: Lord God, we know that obedience to you is no small thing.
Thought for the day: Not infrequently the child who has no rules develops a sense of insecurity.
Tuesday July 5
Jeremiah 5: 23, 24 But these people have stubborn and rebellious hearts; they have turned aside and gone away. They do not say to themselves, Let us fear the Lord our God, who gives autumn and spring rains in season, who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.
Prayer: Lord, when we have brought on ourselves your judgment may you have mercy upon us.
Thought for the day: Do not ask at midnight what you should ask yourself at dawn: What did I expect?
Wednesday, July 6
Ezekiel 34:26 I will bless them and the places surrounding my hill. I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing.
Prayer: Lord, we your people have been faithful to obey your word believing you will honor that good word.
Thought for the day: We expect thunder showers of blessings, but God often gives a steady rain of blessings.
Thursday, July 7
Psalm 23: 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, you always know just where to lead us.
Thought for the day: Why do we suppose we crave 64 ounces of mumbo-jumbo cola, when all that our body needs is 8 ounces of water.
Friday, July 8
Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, you have a gracious way of filling our needs.
Thought for the day: Wanting righteousness is wanting something God wants.
Saturday, July 9
John 4:13,14 Jesus answered, “everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will ever thirst.
Prayer: Jesus, that you for offering us living water.
Thought for the day: For over two centuries the Edwards Aquifer has supplied the entire city of San Antonio and the vicinity with its water.
Photo: “Elijah Window” by Fr. Lawrence Lew OP, on http://www.flickr.com