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      Ravens and the Prophet
  by Robert Weston
The Call to Intimacy with God

Have you ever wondered how the Lord trained His servants for their hard and difficult callings? So many of the finest Scriptural characters make their appearance on the pages of history ‘fully-fledged’ in their calling. There are tantalisingly few direct pointers to guide us to the hidden processes by which the Lord prepared men such as Amos, Isaiah and Elijah for their demanding ministry. My desire to learn more about the way God equips His people led me to take a closer look at the life of one of the greatest of all the prophets: Elijah the Tishbite.

Mention the name of Elijah and all manner of stirring images spring to mind: drought and fire, rank despair and triumphal faith, tyrants humbled and God exalted. True, we will find no book in Scripture named after Elijah: no grand schemes for reforming Temple Worship or mighty visions of the future. Even the number of times we see him ‘in action’ is limited, but the impact he made on friend and foe alike was deep and lasting. The few words we hear from his lips resonate with fervour and insight, spanning the intervening centuries with a clarion-call that demands our fullest attention.
The more we meditate on the life of this man whom God considered worthy to appear with the Lord Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration, the more we will see that the whole tenor of Elijah’s life, as well as the message he brought from his God, has much to say to our spiritually directionless generation.

For if at first Elijah appears so full of holy fire that he towers above lesser mortals, a closer study will reassure us. Elijah’s intimacy with God – and perhaps his weaknesses too – will surprise and inspire rather than intimidate us.


I have endeavoured to communicate the heart of the message God entrusted to Elijah, because it contains a prophetic challenge for our own generation. I have been equally concerned that such an understanding should lead not to greater head knowledge, but to a greater closeness to the Lord Himself. The tone of this book, therefore, lies midway between the prophetic and the devotional, while the teaching ranges far beyond the life of the prophet himself. At the end of the day, I have been more concerned to communicate certain spiritual insights than to write a textual commentary. I offer no apology, therefore, for making so free a use of the Elijah narrative; it makes an ideal springboard for developing our intimacy with God.

The Call to Intimacy with God
Scripture offers us no direct glimpse of Elijah’s early years, but we are given one clue. His first recorded utterance reveals that he ‘stood before the Lord.’ Hidden within these simple words lies the key not only for understanding Elijah’s ministry, but for all who would follow in his footsteps.

Centuries before, the Lord had called Abraham His friend, spoken face to face with Moses, and described David as a man after his own heart. Now, in the obscurity of a remote mountain village, the Lord spent many years drawing Elijah deeper into His presence.

To be designated as a mouthpiece for the Lord God Almighty is the highest of all callings. Long before exposing him to the perils of public ministry, God had been at work, alerting him to the peril that faced the nation, scoring His burden deeply into his heart. Much hidden training preceded Elijah’s rare but exceedingly significant forays onto the public stage.


To reach the mountain peaks, it is necessary first to pass through the foothills. In a sense, I have been more concerned in this book to explore the foothills that lead to the mountain ranges than with the summits themselves. This dimension of training will therefore be an important part of our study of what it means to live in the spirit and power of Elijah.

This book is an invitation to understand more of the God who supplies His people through ravens, and who speaks to us through prophets. The ravens symbolise God’s imaginative provision for His people, just as the prophet represents the person who has learnt to express His heart.

So far as is possible, I have made each chapter complete in itself, whilst alluding in the references to a wealth of Biblical texts, and other Christian literature. The prayers and meditations at the end of each section are a means of applying the teaching, and stimulating our devotional life.

If the little word ‘Selah’ that we come across so often in the Psalms is, as many suppose it to be, an exhortation to ‘Pause and Pray,’ then let there be many such selahs in the course of reading this book. Who knows what the Lord may have to show us as we spend time in His presence?

It will be helpful to approach these times of reflection prayerfully. Take them slowly, and record any thoughts and insights as they come. It is my prayer that, long after you have finished reading this book, the wisdom and discernment that you glean through these times of reflection may remain as a precious and abiding part of your walk with the Lord.

  Chapter One The Courts of the Lord  
  Chapter Two The Hidden Life  
  Chapter Three By the Brook Cherith  
  Chapter Four The Shrinking Brook  
  Chapter Five Strange Guidance  
  Chapter Six The Provision of the Lord  
  Chapter Seven In the Power of the Spirit  
  Chapter Eight The Stature of Waiting  
  Chapter Nine Interfacing with the World  
  Chapter Ten Fire on Mount Carmel  
  Chapter Eleven The Ministry of Heaven  
  Chapter Twelve The Importance of Rest  
  Chapter Thirteen Strategic Retreat or Headlong Flight  
  Chapter Fourteen Shock and Shame  
  Chapter Fifteen The Temptation to Despair  
  Chapter Sixteen Angelic Restoration  
  Chapter Seventeen Confronted with God's Challenge  
  Chapter Eighteen Symbols of His Power  
  Chapter Nineteen The Dark Speech of God  
  Chapter Twenty The Judgements of God  
  Chapter Twenty One When My People are one  
  Chapter Twenty Two A Heart of Mourning  
  Chapter Twenty Three
Three pdfs

The Prophetic Ministry
Part One - May our Hearts be free from idols

Part Two - The Prophetic Calling
Part Three - Prophets and Pastors
  Chapter Twenty Four The Challenging Counterfeit  
  Chapter Twenty Five

The Schools of the Prophets
Part One

Part Two
  Chapter Twenty Six Translated to Eternity  
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