The Almighty God who answers through ‘Fire’
The ‘fire of God’ descended on Elijah when he prayed. It is One of the most heroic stories of the Bible in the history of mankind. Most of us wonder in uncertainty if similar great thing could happen if we prayed. But the Bible says, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20). All that which has happened in the days of Old Testament are shadows of what will happen in the New Testament days. The New Covenant days we live in are better and greater than Elijah’s’ because of the blood of Jesus Christ. The fire is not that of ‘chemical’ or ‘physical’ fire but ‘Spiritual Fire’ – a fire from God which has the anointing to burn away diseases, curses, sins, bondages, works of the devil and the enemies. Freedom, life of victory and power will engulf us. The Bible describes Him as ‘the God who answers by fire’. Assuredly, this message can fuel your faith to pray and bring down this ‘Spirit Fire’ upon yourself and your family.
Fire Upon the Sinners of Zion:
‘Zion’ which is the City of God comprises the people of God who obey His commands. You and I are the people of Zion. They take the prophesies of God sincerely and fearfully act and pray for the prophesies to be fulfilled. Therefore, those who are against this Zion are called the sinners of Zion who will be destroyed by the fire of God.
The sinners in Zion are terrified; trembling grips the godless: “Who of us can dwell with the consuming fire? Who of us can dwell with everlasting burning?” Those who walk righteously …. Their bread will be supplied, and water will not fail them (Isaiah 33:14-16).
The Bible says that these sinners of Zion have blood in their hands.
“When you spread out your hands in prayer, I hide my eyes from you; even when you offer many prayers, I am not listening. Your hands are full of blood!” (Isaiah 1:15).
In I John 3:15, the reference for blood states that, “Whoever hates his brother is a murderer; and ye know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him”.
People who show hatred concerning God’s servants, noble, upright parents and children are considered murderers. If one prays with hatred in the heart, God will tell, ‘Your hands are full of blood and I will not hear your prayer’.
This will happen to those who rise against the people of God. All those who are plotting against you and seeking to destroy you will be destroyed by the fire of God.
The Prophetical Power that Anoints Kings
The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet (I Kings 19:15,16).
God answered Elijah through Fire, filled him with the power of prophesy to anoint kings and prophets. The ‘Spirit Fire’ of the New Covenant will do the same. It will bring the power to make us kings and it would take us to high positions and make us sit with Kings.
Beloved, God is going to empower you with the fire through your prayers, and prove to the nations that He is the only God. That fire of the Spirit will touch your family and arise prophets. People in the work place can arise as prophets with a short prayer within the available time. He will give you the grace to anoint kings. God will change our sons and daughters as prophets (Acts 2:17). This army of prophets is going to enlarge and with this, ‘God’s Will’ shall descend on this nation.
How does this ‘Fire’ descend from heaven?
a) The incense of prayers of the holy people.
When we fervently pray, our prayers shall rise as incense into God’s presence (Rev 5:8). The prayers of holy men are the incense ascending to God and brings down Spirit Fire from heaven.
There is an altar before the throne of Jesus Christ. On that altar, the blood of Jesus Christ intercedes for us (Rev 8:3-5). The blood of Jesus is continuously pleading for us all. The prayers of the saints activate the blood and bring forth the fire of prophesy. The will of God will be done through the holy fire.
b) Oneness in prayer
“But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit” (I Corinthians 6:17). “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven” (Matthew 18:19).
The Holy Spirit will speak through you even when you pray all by yourself.
However, there seemed tremendous prayer among children of God, when united with oneness of mind. When the disciples were preaching, the High Priest and the elders caught them and threw them down into the prison. But they were not discouraged. They joined in prayer (Acts 4:26-31) and a miracle followed. In the same way, we need to pray united and acquire reward for the world.
C) The image of Jesus Christ
“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (II Corinthian 3:18).
Lastly, God will give us grace to have the image of Christ. The fire that will descend on us will transform us into the image of Christ.
We also need to note that God is going to try us by fire (I Peter 1:7). Thus when fire comes, the miracles will happen in the name of Jesus.
Once lived a lawyer by name Charles Benny. He had a transformed life after the power of God descended on him. God’s image had appeared to him amidst a fiery back drop of his village. One day, he met with two drunkards fighting with each other on the road. Abruptly they fell crying before Benny and said, “Sir, we do not know you, but your face convicts us of our sin. Benny led them both to Jesus and they were saved.
God is ready to answer us through fire and is going to prove among the multitudes that “God is Lord”. Let us humble ourselves as Elijah in the presence of God. Our prayers will rise as incense to heaven and will be changed to fire by the blood of Jesus. He will prove that “He is the Lord” by his signs and miracles through us.