June 15, 2011. (Romereports.com) During the general audience, pope Benedict XVI, talked about the
power of intercessory prayer, by referencing prophet Elijah's
encounter with idol worshiping priests in Mount Carmel. Through
prayer, Elijah called on his people to follow one true God. FULL TEXT.
"Dear Brothers and Sisters,
In our continuing catechesis on Christian prayer, we now turn to the prophet
Elijah as a model of intercessory prayer. At a time when the kingdom of
Israel saw the spread of Baal-worship and syncretism, Elijah invited the people
to renew their covenant with the Lord and to reject every form of idolatry.
In the episode of his contest with the priests of Baal on Mount Carmel (cf. 1
Kg 18), he calls upon Israel to choose the Lord and prays for their
conversion of heart. What is more, he urges the people themselves to draw
near and share in his prayer.
In response to Elijah’s prayer, God reveals
his fidelity, mercy and saving power through the consuming fire sent down from
heaven. He also enables the people to turn back to him and to reaffirm the
covenant made with their fathers. As we look to Elijah’s example, let us
be ever more convinced of the power of intercessory prayer, so that we can help
all people to know the one true God, to turn away from every form of idolatry,
and to receive the grace offered to us on the wood of the Cross and in the fire
of the Holy Spirit.
I welcome the members of the Catholic-Pentecostal International Dialogue and I
offer prayerful good wishes for the next phase of their work. I also
welcome the Fiftieth Conference of the International Association of Schools and
Institutes of Administration, now meeting in Rome. I thank the choirs, and
particularly the University Choir from Indonesia, for their praise of God in
Finally, I greet the delegates to the General Chapter of the
Congregation of the Resurrection. Upon all the English-speaking pilgrims,
especially those from the Philippines, Canada and the United States, I invoke
the Lord’s blessings of joy and peace."