The Lord Gives Life

Heavenly Father, I often see every difficulty in my life as a tragedy. I despair at my own mistakes and the problems of others. Awaken me, Lord, to your power and strength! Help me see that you raised your own Son from the dead to prove that you keep all your promises to me. Then, with my sins forgiven and the life and salvation of your Son in my heart, help me to see my life with your perspective. Aid me, in good times and bad, to share the good news of your Son's triumph over death and hell. I pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.

17 After this, the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. His illness became very severe until no breath remained in him. w 18 She said to Elijah, “Man of God, what do we have in common? Have you come to remind me of my guilt and to kill my son?”

19 But Elijah said to her, “Give me your son.” So he took him from her arms, brought him up to the upper room where he was staying, and laid him on his own bed. 20 Then he cried out to The LORD and said, “My LORD God, have You also brought tragedy on the widow I am staying with by killing her son?” 21 Then he stretched himself out over the boy three times. He cried out to the LORD and said, “My LORD God, please let this boy’s life return to him!”

22 So the Lord listened to Elijah’s voice, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived. 23 Then Elijah took the boy, brought him down from the upper room into the house, and gave him to his mother. Elijah said, “Look, your son is alive.”

24 Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know you are a man of God and the Lord’s word from your mouth is true.” (1 Kings 17:17-24)

 

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