A few days ago, Ken Bryan, TXAPN Executive Council Member from Waskom wrote me and stated that our call to statewide prayer was to continue until The Response on August 6 in Reliant Stadium, Houston. I immediately had confirmation in my heart. The Lord had been revealing to me a similar instruction.
As I started this call to prayer in response to the Lord, He had prompted me to read the story of Elijah in 1 Kings 18. He instructed me to call for seven days of prayer!
After Ken called I had an interesting scenario unfold before me from the story in 1 Kings 19.
And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, also how he had executed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, LORD, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!” Then as he lay and slept under a broom tree, suddenly an angel touched him, and said to him, “Arise and eat.” Then he looked, and there by his head was a cake baked on coals, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank, and lay down again. And the angel of the LORD came back the second time, and touched him, and said, “Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you.” So he arose, and ate and drank; and he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights as far as Horeb, the mountain of God. And there he went into a cave, and spent the night in that place; and behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” So he said, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.” (1 Kings 19:1-10)
Elijah was threatened with death by Jezebel (the principality of Baal) and ran for his life to Beersheba, which is a one day journey if you walk or run. The text declares that he went one more day into the wilderness. In a state of depression he rests under a broom tree. He is divinely nourished. On the next day he starts a 40 day trek to the mountain of God. That is 42 days.
At the mountain of God, Elijah will have a mighty revelation and assignment from God which will direct Israel's coming history.
We will pray and watch for these next 42 days which will bring us to August 6 (God's timing is always amazing) and The Response at Reliant Stadium in Houston. We will stand before our God in repentance, prayer and worship. I expect Him to move upon our nation!