During the reign of King Ahab and Jezebel, the Israelites turned away from God. The King and his wife caused the people to follow the detestable practices of worshipping foreign gods and offering sacrifices to them. Altars were constructed to offer sacrifices to Baal and other gods and some sacrifices were mixed with human blood. (1 King 21:25)
Elijah was disheartened at the way the people’s heart had been turned away from God. And Elijah said to the people, How long will you linger between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people did not respond. (1 Kings 18: 21)
After Elijah repaired the altar God answered by fire. “Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.”
(1 Kings 18:38)
We need the fire of God to bring light to the dark situations in our communities and countries. We need the fire of the Holy Spirit to bring change, healing and deliverance. God will send his fire after we have repaired the altar in our lives. We do not need to build a physical altar but establish an altar of prayer and worship unto God. And when we return to God and seek him with all of our hearts, then he will hear our prayers and heal our land.