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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"Threats Against Trust In God"

September 18, 2009

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And he (Elijah) looked, and behold, there was at his head a cake baked on hot stones and a jar of water. And he ate and drank and lay down again. 1 Kings 19:6

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

The salvation story of Jesus Christ reaches around the world. So that the readers of our Daily Devotion may see the power of the Savior on a global scale, we have asked the volunteers of our International Ministry Centers to write our Friday devotions. We pray that the Spirit may touch your day through their words.

In Christ, I remain, His servant and yours,
Kenneth R. Klaus
Speaker of The Lutheran Hour

Jezebel was threatening the prophet Elijah. He had performed many miracles and had prophesied on several occasions. When Jezebel sent him a warning, he escaped to seek refuge in the desert. Once there, he wished to die, but God sent an angel to care for him and feed him. He regained enough energy and was sustained throughout his 40-day ordeal.

When Elijah thought all was gone and his situation was hopeless, it was then that God intervened to rescue him. Even in our lives today, God steps into our problems when we feel all is lost. Upon God's intervention, we can be like Elijah-completely transformed after he had eaten the heavenly bread.

Elijah's situation can be of great inspiration to Christians today in times of trial, sickness, poverty, economic recession, business failure, or even prison detention. If we remain confident in the Lord God and call upon Him for help, He is faithful and will transform us, leading us through any situation completely renewed.

Our response is that of perseverance and turning our lives over to God, who loves us so much He sent His Son, Jesus, to be our Redeemer and save us from all our situations, even from death.

THE PRAYER: Thank You, Heavenly Father, for loving us and caring for our every need. Amen.

Biography of Author:
The author of today's devotion from Cameroon is Tifor Ephraim, a high school teacher who has himself experienced detention at the Yaoundé Central Prison. Operating in Yaoundé since 2001, LHM-Cameroon and its volunteer corps is active in prison ministry, door-to-door evangelism, drama and music presentations, and outreach to the hospitalized and children living on the streets.

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Today's Bible Readings: Isaiah 20-22    Ephesians 5:1-16

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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