But no longer refer to the burden of the Lord, for each man’s word becomes his burden.—Jeremiah 23:36
God loves His children to be involved with Him in bringing about His purposes, and it is not in God’s nature to ignore the great principle of prayer which He himself has established in the universe. Although revival begins in the sovereign purposes of God, it comes into the world through the doorway of believing prayer.
John Wallace, principal of the Bible college I attended prior to entering the ministry, used to say: “Before somebody can experience a blessing, somebody has to bear a burden.” He used to illustrate the point in this way: “Before deliverance came to the nation of Israel when they were in Egypt, Moses had to bear a burden. Before the great Temple of God could be built in Jerusalem, Solomon was called to bear a burden. Before the sins of the world could be removed Christ had to bear a burden. Before somebody can experience a blessing, somebody has to bear a burden.”
This is a principle that can be traced throughout the whole of the Bible—from Genesis to Revelation. It can be seen at work, too, in the history of all religious revivals. Before God comes from heaven to work in extraordinary ways He places the burden of revival on the hearts of His people. And who does He choose to carry this burden? You can be sure that they will be men and women who are drawn to prayer and understand something of its power and potential. Would you, I wonder, be one?
Gracious Father, You know how my heart shrinks from such a great challenge as this. All I can say is—I am willing to be made willing. Help me, dear Father. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Ps 21:1-13; 38:9; 73:25; Isa 26:9; Mk 11:24
What will God grant to us?
How can a desire become a burden?