Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath: A Prayer

Flour and jar of OilLord, we look into the bowl of our lives
and it seems so empty.
The jar of oil has run out;
We have nothing to give,
Nothing to share,
Nothing with which to feed the hungry,
or heal the wounded.

Sometimes we pray as the widow of Zarephath perhaps prayed:
“Oh, no, Lord. Don’t send anyone else.
There’s nothing left to give.”

Lord, forgive our complaints about how empty the bowl is,
our failure to delight in what you have put into our lives.
Forgive our attempts to hoard what you have given us;
Because, Lord, your promises are for today,
not for tomorrow.

You said we should pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.”
And, while things have sometimes been really tough,
there has always been enough:
Enough food and drink—
often more than enough to share;
Enough joy to give to a neighbour, to a stranger.

You have given us healing, friends, fellow travellers;
those who worship with us today.
And above all, an abundance of your love,
generously, extravagantly given.
Sometimes you pour your love over us;
Sometimes it comes to us through friends and strangers.

Lord, we have so much to give.
Fill our hearts to overflowing
with the generous love of your Spirit.
And in our families, in our neighbourhoods,
in our workplaces,
give us the courage to feed the hungry,
to heal the sick, to restore the broken,
and to allow your Spirit to breathe new life,
new hope and new joy.

In Jesus’ name,

(Inspired by 1 Kings 17: 8-16)


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9 responses to “Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath: A Prayer

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  3. Lindi Redfern

    Thank you, Ian, so uplifting and inspiring.


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  5. WOW, Ian, this is Wonderful!! Thanks, and God Bless You BIG–love, sis Caddo


    • Bless you Caddo. I’m marking exams, so am a bit out of contact. But I enjoyed your latest!


      • I meant to tell you that I’ve been re-reading Elijah’s story the last few days. This past year, it seems that God has really made the Bible come alive for me–the people, especially in the Old Testatment (I received a Chronological Bible at Christmas), are no longer “cardboard characters”–but living, breathing folks I can relate to. Reading Moses’ journey was like watching a movie (not the Hollywood version), and that experience has continued. What I’ve realized is that people were no different back then, than today–even those who were committed to the Lord made some seriously bad choices and paid the consequences–yet God still loved them, forgave them, helped, blessed and prospered them. This helped me immensely, as some days I still get bogged down by my past sins, and present bad attitudes! God bless you (and your students!). Caddo


        • Yes, we so often think of the Bible characters as special saints (I like your “cardboard characters”). When we discover them as ordinary frail, sometimes spectacularly failed people, we realise that perhaps God could even love us. Thanks Caddo.


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