Petitioning with Passion

“Some time later the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. He grew worse and worse, and finally stopped breathing. She said to Elijah, ‘What do you have against me, man of God? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?’”

– 1 Kings 17:17,18

I can’t imagine how the widow must have felt when, after the Lord provided food and she graciously let Elijah move into her home, her son suddenly became ill and passed away. Though he had been saved from starving and was finally getting some meat on his bones, the sickness that came upon him took him quickly. When he died, her attention went immediately to Elijah, whom she questioned with bewilderment. After seeing God provide the first time, why would He take away her precious child now? Hadn’t she done everything that had been asked of her? The prophet had no good answer to her questions, but since he cared for this woman and knew that her faith was at stake, he started demonstratively petitioning the Lord to bring the boy back to life. He took his body from his mother’s arms, carried him up the stairs, and began weeping and wailing to God. He threw himself on the child three times and begged the Lord to return breath to his lungs. After mourning and shrieking in desperation, his prayer was heard and the boy’s chest began to move again. In fact, this was the first time in the Bible that someone came back to life after death! 

My friend, the word for Elijah’s desperate and demonstrative faith is chutzpah, and it denotes a passionate posture of expectation. The Lord has no problem with your impassioned pleas, and He delights when you press into His power and petition Him with fervor. God is not insecure and He doesn’t need you to cower or to keep it down in an effort to be well-mannered. In fact, He welcomes you to come to Him with your full range of emotions — to be raw in your honesty and fiery in your frankness. Your ardor proves that you believe He is able, so pray to Him with passion and you, too, can be a conduit of miracles!


Jesus, thank you for welcoming my chutzpah; I will approach you with passion and honesty.


Do you pray with chutzpah?

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  1. Oh yes most definitely.I pray with impassioned chutzpah.I believe that God hears my pleas.He answers my prayers. So that’s why I turn to him in my hour of need.I have wonderful news.I am now officially five years cancer free. Praise the Lord for that great miracle.I hope and pray that the Hour of Power will continue its mission of reaching out to the lost and lonely with the life changing messages of hope and healing. And much love and prayers to Pastor Bobby Schuller and his beautiful family.aAnd also to the congregation of Shepherd’s Grove at Irvine Presbyterian Church warm greetings.Much love and thanks to the Hour of Power choir and Orchestra along with the Voices of Hope Children’s Choir and guest soloists for the beautiful uplifting triumphant music and singing.I remain your faithful viewer and
    Happy and Wholesome Student in Jesus Christ

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