Yesterday, we addressed practical applications to avoid Burn Out and also things to do when you find yourself in the midst of Burn Out.
One key way to both avoid and get out of Burn Out is by immersing yourself in the Word. Scripture study and prayer are key. Prayer keeps us in communication with God. "Why Pray when God knows everything already?" you may ask. Prayer keeps our thoughts on God and focuses our requests and praises directly on and to Him.
Reading and studying scripture gives God an opportunity to respond to us through His Word. Scripture study is more than casual reading. It's in-depth and meaty. It affords us the opportunity to get to know the Creator of the world and read His love letter to us. God's inspired Word was always meant to be read. From beginning to end, every stroke of the pen tells the story of us as created in His image and of Jesus, the One predestined to save us from our sins.
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119:11)
When you are in the midst of Burn Out or if you feel it coming on, meditate on the following scriptures:
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1)
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. (Hebrews 12:1-3)
Burn Out does not have to be inevitable. With diligence, prayer, and scripture study, it is possible to maintain (or regain, if necessary) your fire for ministry.
Devotional written by Mandy.