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  spears in hopes that he would feel sorry for them and answer. All afternoon they
continued their charade, begging and pleading with wild prayers, but to no avail.
By evening, they were exhausted from their senseless screaming and dancing, and they
felt weak from loss of blood.
“It is enough.” Elijah held up his hand.
“Come; let us repair the altar of the Lord.” Taking 12 stones, one for each tribe of Israel,
Elijah rebuilt the broken-down altar of the Lord. Next, he dug a trench around the altar. Then he
placed wood on the altar, along with the pieces of the bull. Finally, he asked for water and poured 12 large jars
of water all over the sacrifice, drenching it thoroughly and filling the trench.
The sun was low in the sky by now, as Elijah knelt by the altar. “Lord God of
Abraham, Isaac, and Israel,” he prayed, “let it be known today that You are God in Israel and that I am Your servant, and that I have done all
these things at Your command. Answer me, Lord, so
these people will know that You are God and that
You are turning their hearts back to You again.” It was a very simple prayer, a real contrast to the loud prayers of the false prophets. And God heard Elijah’s prayer. Fire streaked down
Elijah prayed, “Let it be known that You are God, and that I have done all these things at Your command.”
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