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Day 278: The Burden to Pray

The Daily Word: Monday, October 5th, 2020
Jeremiah 4:19-6:15
Colossians 1:18-2:7
Psalm 77:1-20
Proverbs 24:23-25
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
O my soul, my soul! I am pained in my very heart! My heart makes a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because you have heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war. – Jer. 4:19

God showed Jeremiah what would happen to Jerusalem. They would be overrun by invading armies, and Jeremiah couldn’t take it! He was “pained in [his] very heart.” His heart was crying out because of what he had seen. He couldn’t hold his peace because he had heard what was going to happen to God’s people!

So he took it to prayer. God will move you to such an extent that you will be unable to hold your peace until you go to Him in prayer. This is the burden of prayer, and you must discharge it by opening your mouth and bringing your request to God. Charles Finney called this phenomenon the “Spirit of prayer.”[1] The urge to pray will struggle within you until you release it by committing what God has put on your heart to prayer. Jeremiah would not be able to rest until he had prayed for God’s people! And perhaps God has put things in your heart that you must release in prayer too.

If you feel uncomfortable about something or someone, take it to prayer! It may be that God has allowed you to be uneasy until you discharge the burden to pray.


Father, I know You have given me lots to pray about! Give me the time and the focus to commit those things to prayer. Help me to do my duty by releasing what You’ve given me to release, in Jesus’ name.

© Michael D. White, 2020. All rights reserved.

[1] Charles Finney, The Original Memoirs of Charles G. Finney (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2002), Kindle Edition, loc. 651 of 8226.

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