Were you surprised when Elijah received his daily bread from a raven. Talk about living on a wing and a prayer! Literally. But that is precisely what happens when Elijah, directed by God, receives provision from the LORD during a time drought and famine in the land.
Hopefully, what today’s readings offers us is the promise and the assurance that our prayer, “Give us this day our daily bread” is answered by our God, to whom we pray. Abraham discovered the Lord’s provision but it wasn’t daily bread he received when he took his son Isaac to mount Moriah where God provided a ram to sacrifice instead of his son.
When you find yourself in the place where Elijah was, what do you do?
Here is what the Psalmist David might bring to our minds:
Psalm 37:25 (NIV) I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.
The bread of Life Himself, Jesus would refresh our hearts with when we find ourselves in such circumstances:
Matthew 7:11 (NIV) If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
The truth is: God is our Father and He desires and gives only good gifts to us, His children. So when we find ourselves in times of want and need, Jesus invites us to pray,
Matthew 7:7 (NIV) “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
And when you pray, wait…
Psalm 27:14 (NIV) Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
Psalm 37:7 (NIV) Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.
Romans 8:25 (NIV) But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
Holy Spirit, Give us the “patience” and the faith of Elijah so that when we find ourselves in need we will turn to You, God our Father, in faith and hope, in Jesus’ name. Amen.