Wildfires and prayer

Originally appeared on spirituality.com

After waking up to yet another day of heat, falling ash, and semi-darkness (the sun’s rays were blocked by smoke), I felt the need to pray some more about the wildfires here in Northern California. So instead of giving my mental consent to the idea that destructive forces in nature were running out of control, I turned to God for a shift in perspective. From recent experience, I knew that prayer could make a difference when praying about wildfires. More on that later.

I began by taking a look at a Bible story involving the prophet Elijah. He was hiding in a cave and in great distress after running from Jezebel’s anger. In obedience, he followed God’s command to: “Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord….” First, “the Lord passed by.” Then a “great and strong wind” followed. And right on the heels of that, a fire. (Destruction trying to “bite the heel” of divine Truth). But each time, “the Lord was not in” the chaos.

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