If we were to ask God what the greatest things are that we could pray for, what do you think He would tell us? Consider for a moment how God shared with Abraham the deep feelings of His heart about the sin of Sodom (Genesis 18:16-33) and Abraham’s pleading with God not to destroy it for the sake of ten righteous people.
Think of the face to face conversations Moses had with God (Exodus 33:11), pleading with God to blot out the sin in his own people, “but if not, please blot me out of your book that you have written” (32:32). There is a heart that is sharing the burden of God’s heart with respect to His people. God would “consume them, in order that I may make a great nation of you” (32:10).
These intense examples remind me of what Leonard Ravenhill said; “Prayer in its highest form is agonizing soul sweat. Prayer is not just casting off a burden. It is having sense enough, and grace enough, and wisdom enough, and heart enough to ask God to share the burden of HIS great heart with me.” The proof of this is in Matthew 11:30, “My yoke is easy and My burden is light”. His burden is light only when it is shared through an intimate relationship.
God has burdens for people and the church. Are you willing to “agonize [with] soul sweat” in prayer with God to see the gospel spread and revival take place in the church today?
Leonard Ravenhill, Revival God’s Way, A Message for the Church, Bethany House, 2006, page 25.
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