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Prayer Exercises

These transformative exercises are provided for you to interact with the weekly Sunday sermon through reflection and prayer.
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  • Scripture Reference: 1 Kings 19: 9b-14

    Have someone read the following:

    Elijah has run for his life in fear because Queen Jezebel spoke an oath to kill him by the next day. He went into the desert where he collapsed in exhaustion and told the Lord he was done and asked for God to end his life. God sent an angel to feed him twice in between his sleeping. The angel acknowledged to Elijah that he needed to be strengthened for the next part of his journey. Elijah was to travel 40 days to get to Horeb, the mountain of God. It was a time in his life where he knew he needed desperately to hear from God.

    Begin reflection:

    Leader to pray for all to become aware of their desire to hear God. Leave a bit of silence after prayer.

    Leader to say/direct as follows before reading the scripture reference:

    -          Pay attention to your desire to hear God

    -          As I read about each place of God’s manifestation in the story – the wind, earthquake and fire, reflect on the pictures and imagine            coming to hear God in each of these places

    -          What happens when you don’t hear God?

    -          When I read about God coming in the gentle whisper, imagine yourself as Elijah hearing God ask, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

    Leader read scripture slowly (1 Kings 19:9b-14)

    Leave a few moments of silence at the end of the reading.

    Leader to share:

    David quoted the following in his sermon:

    Walter Wangarin is a poet and writer who wrote The Story of God, the Bible as a novel.  In his chapter on Elijah at Sinai, he says that when Elijah heard that silence, he bowed and hid his face in his mantle weeping.  He sobbed like an infant.

    God had not abandoned him. God had come and spoken to him softly and broke through his resentment and confusion and touched his heart like a mother, and Elijah collapsed like a child in his mother’s arms.

    Leader will open up sharing to the following questions: What would your answer be to the question (if you were Elijah), “What are you doing here, (insert your name)?” What do you want to hear from God?

    Prayer: Take time to pray out of this engagement with God.

    *This Prayer Exercise has been created to do in a group or as an individual. If you engage on your own, you are both “Leader” and “participant” with God’s Spirit leading over all.

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