Devotional: ‘Praying Over Our Burdens’

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Have you ever heard of someone being referred to as a ‘prayer warrior?’ We all know what it means to pray; but what is a prayer warrior? A prayer warrior is someone who prays long and hard and will not give up until they receive an answer from God. During this week’s study we will see that Daniel was a true prayer warrior.

Daniel 10:1 In the third year of the reign of King Cyrus of Persia, Daniel (also known as Belteshazzar) had another vision. He understood that the vision concerned events certain to happen in the future—times of war and great hardship. 2 When this vision came to me, I, Daniel, had been in mourning for three whole weeks. 3 All that time I had eaten no rich food. No meat or wine crossed my lips, and I used no fragrant lotions until those three weeks had passed.

Most prayer warriors pray because they are bearing some kind of a burden. Consider the prayer life of a man called Nehemiah.

“…I asked them about the Jews who had returned there from captivity and about how things were going in Jerusalem. They said to me, “Things are not going well for those who returned to the province of Judah. They are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem has been torn down, and the gates have been destroyed by fire.” When I heard this, I sat down and wept. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven.” (Nehemiah 1:2-4)

Nehemiah was a prayer warrior because his fellow Jews were suffering. So heavy was his burden that it caused him to weep. But in addition to his weeping, he also fasted and prayed.

In today’s passage of scripture we see that Daniel did a similar thing. Once he was made aware of the adversity his fellow Jews were facing, he wept and mourned for several days. In addition, he fasted and prayed.

Has God placed some great burden upon you today? Is there something that you know needs much prayer? Are you willing to make praying your top priority? If so, then you are ready to become one of God’s prayer warriors!

 

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