One of the most amazing things about prophets is that it is in every pore of their being. It is something that those around them don't always understand, and they themselves want to switch off.
Jeremiah is told that God knew him before his was formed in the womb. That little window is very powerful to get a glimpse into a number of prophet realities:
- The prophet is formed in intimacy and thrives there,
- The prophet begins to dry up when the community times are great in friendship, word and even good hymn singing but lack divine intimacy,
- They simply cannot live without eternal intimacy,
- Their whole DNA is wired to this end - the way they eat, sleep, think, see and feel even the way they relate to people, generally they are not able to cope with compromise or mediocrity - anything that reflects God poorly,
- Their gift does not switch off as it is the central essence of their existence - they can do no other,
- This level of intimacy knows the heart of the Father in a very deep and honest way - that is why they get into trouble sometimes because they speak the Father's heart [it may be in a very clumsy awkward even accusatory way] and it is rarely well received,
- They grieve consistently because they can feel the Father's heart for the well being of the church...
I hope this conversation helps...