In the Silence, God is Here

The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. (1 Kings 19:11-12)

the wind whips by and I tumble and fall.
the earth shakes and I cannot catch my footing.
the fire flashes the night and I shake in fear.

then…stillness..the LORD
I rise and stand and enter His holy presence,

“Speak, LORD, for Your Servant
is listening.”
in the silence, He is here.

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.

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Still Series GFX_16x9 TitleIn our frenetic world, many of us struggle to find time to do all that must be done in a pace that doesn’t break us. Rest is sometimes a word with which we have a love/hate relationship. The prophet Elijah was a godly person who struggled at a particular season of his life with these same things. We want to look at this strained seasons of Elijah’s life in 1 Kings 19 in order to see what it means to live into Psalm 46:10, which says, “Be still and know that I am God.”

Join us over these next two weekends at Eastbrook Church for our new series, “Still.” You can follow along with the series via our web-site, our Vimeo page, our Facebook page, or by downloading the Eastbrook Church app.

Let God Whisper (Elijah)

Elijah is another prophet, like Samuel, who towers over the Old Testament. He comes to represent the best of the prophetic calling. In the Gospels, we encounter Elijah with Moses at Jesus’ transfiguration: “there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus” (Matthew 17:3).

We remember Elijah best for his faith-filled challenge with the 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah on Mount Carmel during the reign of King Ahab. Although the prophets of Baal and Asherah shout, dance, and gash themselves in their sacred rites, they evoke no response from their gods. But with a few simple words in prayer, the Lord responds to Elijah with fire from heaven. The people of Israel clearly see who is the true God: “the Lord – He is God!” (1 Kings 18:39).

But after the heights of success, Elijah found that not everything in the kingdom was working out his way. Jezebel wanted to end his life. Fear gripped him. SoRead More »