Elijah, told King Ahab, “There will be no dew or rain for the next few years until I give the word!” Then Lord said to Elijah, “Go to Zarephath, near Sidon. I have instructed a widow to feed you.” As he arrived he saw a widow gathering sticks, and he asked her, “Would you please bring me a little water in a cup and a bite of bread, too.” But she said, “I swear by the Lord that I don’t have a single piece of bread, and only a handful of flour left in my jar and a little cooking oil in my jug. I was just gathering sticks to cook this last meal, and then my son and I will die.”
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years! Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops.
During a severe drought and famine brought on by the people’s rebellion toward the Lord, God instructed the prophet Elijah to travel to a widow’s home in Zarephath.
The Lord told Elijah that He had commanded her to feed him. When Elijah approached, the poor widow was preparing to feed herself and her son the last tiny bit of the food they had left and then wait to die. Elijah promised her that if she fed him first, her food would last until the famine was over.
The widow immediately complied. Just as Elijah promised, her food did last, and it was sufficient to feed not only the widow’s family but also Elijah until the famine was over. Sometime later, when the widow’s son fell sick and died, Elijah resurrected her son and the widow experienced God’s provision in a much more significant way.
Has God ever asked you to share what little you had, and then He would give you what you need? If you have the courage, ask God to make you a conduit of blessing for others that you may see Him lavish His grace and provision on you.
To learn more about Biblical fasting, check out our Fasting Guide.
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