Its not like Elijahs prayer life has died, nor has he committed some terrible sin. Far from it hes been on the frontline of Gods purpose. His faith is bold and exemplary. Its just that hes tired. Exhausted, in fact. Hes been running from one spiritual battle to another and now his body is fatigued. His mind is drained, his spirit worn out. When youve been running on adrenalin your body and mind eventually have to play catch up. For Elijah, theres no exclusive spa to recuperate in. And so he crawls under a tree in the hot sun and asks to die.
A bit dramatic? When were bone weary, our minds can lose perspective completely. At times like this, we need to stop. Completely. Elijah crawls to a quiet place and bares his soul. In the quiet place he finds God. And you can too. Jesus said... Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. ...I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls... My yoke is easy and My burden is light (Matthew 11:2530 NIV).
Whats all that about, then? If youre feeling burned out, your ability to appreciate life and make the most of opportunities will seem to fade. Does that resonate? Come to God before you get worn down completely.
So what now? Take yourself to a quiet place and read about Elijahs fatigue in 1 Kings 19. Follow it up with a time of soulbearing prayer.
Soulfood : 1 Sam 20:30 - 23:29, Matt 24:36-51, Ps 110, Prov 17:15-17