Posted by: springsinthedesert | August 11, 2010

“The Upper Room”

“Give me your son,”  Elijah replied.  He took him from her arms, carried him to the upper room where he was staying,and laid him on his bed.  Then he cried out to the LORD, “O LORD my God, have you brought tragedy also upon this widow I am staying with, by causing her son to die?”  Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried to the LORD, “O LORD my God, let this boy’s life return to him!”  The LORD heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived.  Elijah picked up the child and carried him down from the room into the house.  He gave him to his mother and said, “Look, your son is alive!”
                                                      1 Kings 17:19-23

I was reminded of the words ‘The upper room’  many times today. I knew I had written a thought with that heading one year back…but did not know whether God wanted to post it again. When I sat down to write today’s devotion, God reminded me these words again and I felt the urge to post it again. I’m sure that someone out there has to hear it and so I’m obeying the Holy Spirit .

We know the context of the above verse.  The brook of Cherith dried up and God asked Elijah to go to the widow of Zarephath.  There, at the widow’s house, God performed a miracle through Elijah to provide bread and oil for many days.  This miracle helped the widow to trust on Elijah and His God.  After few days, the widow’s son got sick.  Elijah, the servant of God had a mission there.   He took the son from the widow’s hand and took him to his upper room and cried unto the Lord.  The LORD heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived.

As a child of God, each one of us have a mission.  We are made to testify our God to others who are in need.  Do you have an upper room in your life where you intercede for others. If we ask Elijah about that upper room, he will say…”Its a room of miracle,  a room of answered prayer, a room of intercession,  a room of claiming God’s promises, a room for crying but definitely a room of deliverance”.  Do you have an upper room experience like that? If you think back,  you can surely say that many of our upper room prayers have been answered and we have experienced God’s miracles in our lives too.

Now its time to intercede for others in these upper rooms. You may come across many people around you who are tired of their suffering.  They may be at the verge of hopelessness and may be at a place where they doubt whether prayer really works.  Take their suffering from their hands and make it your responsibility of prayer.  Take it to your upper room and cry unto our Lord.  Pray until you get an answer from God and then give it back.  Plea  for life to come back  into the dead state of many problems,  health in place of sickness,  joy to the depressed hearts,  peace to the disturbed, and miracles in place of impossibilities.

Why do you think that God gave you an upper room experience in your personal life and helped you experience a miracle?  Now use that upper room for others and help them see the miracle working God in their lives too. 

Do you have a friend who has a prayer request in life? Don’t just say “I am praying for you” if you don’t really mean it. If you can commit yourself in praying for that request,  then assure your friend and take it as your own problem and pray until you get an answer from God.  Let your upper room experience be a blessing to many others.

Trusting in Him,

Rani John



    1. Rani, just yesterday a friend wrote to me that she is praying for someone, but doesn’t feel like it really matters any more, whether she prays or not. Doesn’t feel like God is listening to her. Then you post this, and I know that I am to take her and our mutual friend’s situation to my upper room, praying there until there is an answer. Thank you!!!! Your walk with Jesus blesses me and draws me closer to Him too! love, deb

    2. Rani, Yes, I do have a couple of friends who have prayer requests that have gone unanswered as yet. Thank you for the encouragement to take those requests to my “upper room” and make the a regular part of my prayers until they are answered. I like that even Elijah had to cry out three times before God returned life to this boy. Imagine if he had give up after the second time, thinking that God would not answer? Persistence and patience in prayer are so important. Peace, Linda

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