Prayer that Listens: Elijah

We continued our series “Great Prayers of the Bible” this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. Each week we explore selected prayers throughout Scripture in order to learn more clearly how to pray. This series accompanies our Summer of Prayer at Eastbrook. Our main focus in July is praying with others, including a week of 24/7 Prayer on our campus.

In this message, “Prayer that Listens,” I looked at the life of Elijah from 1 Kings 19. My goal was to open wide a few key ideas on prayer:

  • praying our exhaustion to God – there is nothing we can throw out God that He cannot handle
  • the grace of unanswered prayer – why it’s good that God sometimes does not answer our ignorant prayers
  • praying while in the in-between place, or liminal space, in which God leads from here (what we know) to there (what is new)

You can view the message video and an expanded sermon outline below. You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

The Exhaustion of Success (1 Kings 18-19)

The thrill of success (1 Kings 18:20-46)

The fear associated with success (1 Kings 19:1-3)


Praying Our Exhaustion

Running away (1 Kings 19:3)

Prayer that is weary of life (1 Kings 19:4)

The non-answer of God (1 Kings 19:5-8a)

Running hungrily after God (1 Kings: 19:9a)


Praying from Here to There

Elijah’s “Here” (1 Kings 19:9-10)

Disorientation of the Liminal Space (1 Kings 19:11-14)

God’s “There” (1 Kings 19:15-17)

Elijah’s response (1 Kings 19:18)


Learning to Pray with Elijah

Running hungrily after God

Listening humbly to God

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