Prayers of Desperation

The Lord Jesus was never tired of inviting, encouraging, exhorting, even commanding people, especially His disciples, to pray. He said that they “should always pray and not give up” (Luke 18:1). When you are “under the broom tree” [and discouraged as Elijah was in 1 Kings 19] that is very hard to do, but at these times, we are not praying intercessory prayers. These are prayers of desperation. Keep talking to the Lord, even if you are mad at Him or doubting His very existence.

Where was God in Elijah’s situation? Read 1 Kings 19:5-7. God was there in the person of the angel of the Lord. God is always present and waiting to help His exhausted servants. Jesus promised that a sparrow would not fall to the ground without the Father knowing it (Matthew 10:29). God is never surprised by our visits to the broom tree. Knowing all things, He waits to strengthen us by the appropriate means, just as He waited for Elijah and had a meal prepared for him.