Immediately after the victory of Elijah over the prophets of Baal at Mount Carmel he is threatened by Jezebel and flees into the wilderness. In his exhaustion Elijah prayed for God to take his life, but it was in the next moment that the Lord was going to call him to anoint the next generation of spiritual and political leaders. God did not answer Elijah’s prayer in the affirmative, but instead the angel of the Lord told Elijah to eat. He needed strength for his journey, and so do we. The times we live in can be exhausting, and if we are not feeding on the bread of life given by the Word of God and through obedience to the will of God then we will not have the strength to rise to the challenge of standing for the name of Jesus Christ in this generation.
And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, also how he had executed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.
But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!”
Then as he lay and slept under a broom tree, suddenly an angel touched him, and said to him, “Arise and eat.” Then he looked, and there by his head was a cake baked on coals, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank, and lay down again. And the angel of the Lord came back the second time, and touched him, and said, “Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you.” So he arose, and ate and drank; and he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights as far as Horeb, the mountain of God.
1 Kings 19:1-8