Scripture Reading:1Kings 17: 20 And he cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son?
The widow stood before Elijah with her dead son. ‘Have you come to stay with me in order for God to punish me for my sins in this manner’, she asked Elijah. Elijah could not believe his ears. This widow had been such a generous and wonderful host to him. She had sheltered and fed him all this while in the midst of the national famine that he had no choice than to take the dead boy into his room and place him on his own bed. Stretching himself three times over the boy, he asked God to reverse this evil which had befallen his host. His words ‘Oh God, has thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn’ was clearly a petition, given how good the widow has been to him. A petition is an appeal you make to a higher authority for redress of a situation. It is a case well presented with supporting facts to a judge for consideration. As Elijah petitioned God, the child revived and lived again. His petition was heard and upheld by God. You too can petition God on the basis of the facts of the matter before you ( Isaiah 43:26). God is the same yesterday, today and forever!
Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you that I can petition you for redress in cases that confront me.
Confession: My God is a hearer of petitions! He is the just God. Justice prevails whenever I petition Him.