The Elijah Syndrome

In these days, as we pray for the huge needs around us, none the least the need for people to embrace Jesus, it’s possible we might have developed the “Elijah Syndrome”.  You know it, and intercessors may especially be subject to it, as was Israel’s praying prophet when he said to God in 1 Kings 19, I have been very zealous for The Lord, The God of Hosts, but [people] have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword.  I am the only one left…  Indeed, intercessors are a rare breed, precious to The Lord and His People … but not that rare, not that precious, and certainly not “the only ones”.  As God reminded the prophet, nevertheless, I have reserved 7000 in Israel — all whose knees have not bowed to Baal…  So take heart, prayer people.  All around us are those reserved by God who are faithfully joining us in intercession.  And there are still others, seekers who are being drawn by Him in great numbers.  Note this recent statistic from the Desert Vineyard Church in California:  “averaging 33,000 searches per month, 2020 has seen more internet searches for prayer than in the previous five years.  Growing concerns over health and safety, economic stability, and civil unrest have driven many toward — or back to — faith and prayer.”  So may we persevere in prayer, as a mighty army, such that these seekers will be drawn to The Only One to believe in and The Only One to pray to.  And we thank God for reserving way more than 7000 to pray with us.

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